Elise Thorpe began dancing at the age of 3. She began her training at Dance Productions Unlimited and classical ballet training at Ballet Midwest and St. Louis Ballet. She graduated from Millikin University with a BA in Theatre and Dance in 2012. While attending Millikin University, she was a member of the Millikin Dance Ensemble and the Sapphires Dance Team. She also began an after school program for children at Dennis Elementary School in Decatur, IL. She volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur teaching dance classes after school. During her summers away from college, she was a dancer for Six Flags St. Louis and worked as an intern and teaching assistant at COCA. After graduating, she gained a contract with Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America Cruise Lines. During her contract aboard the Zaandam, she performed and sailed throughout South America and Antarctica. She was then offered a contract with Princess Cruise Lines sailing and performing all over the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Scandinavia, Arabian Peninsula, and back to South America. When she was not performing in the eight production shows aboard the Ocean Princess, she taught herself six different styles of ballroom dance and began holding classes for the passengers teaching the Waltz, Tango, Jive, Cha Cha, Merengue, and Cuban Rumba. Elise has always loved working with children and is excited to return to COCA to share her passion for dance in her hometown.