Elizabeth “Betsy”, began her ballet training with the Alabama Dance Theater in Montgomery. At the age of thirteen, she was accepted into Houston Ballet Academy in the pre-professional division and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. McMillan was promoted to the professional division of Houston Ballet Academy and placed on a full merit scholarship while performing with the Houston Ballet. Her other training includes Joffrey Ballet and USA International Ballet Competition School. In 2000, she joined Ballet Magnificat! touring nationally and internationally with the main company for seven years, performing in Greece, Singapore, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic in addition to the USA International Ballet Competition Gala in Jackson, MS and most major cities across the United States. In 2006, she accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Belhaven University; two years later she was promoted to the full-time faculty position of Specialty Instructor of Dance. She has served on the faculty of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Ad Deum Dance Company, Yale Ballet and as Ballet Mistress for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program in Pittsburgh, PA. McMillan served as Shoreline Principal with New Haven Ballet for three years and was named Assistant Choreographer for New Haven Ballet’s 2012 production of The Nutcracker. She has created original works for New Haven Ballet Company, Belhaven University and others. She joined the faculty of The Hartt School in the Fall of 2014 as Ballet Faculty.
Many of her former students are pursuing professional careers in dance with reputable companies around the world and have received acceptance to some of the nations leading university dance programs, including Ailey/Fordham University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase College, Indiana University, Point Park University, and The Juilliard School.
McMillan is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She received her certification in September 2012. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Vivid Ballet and Connecticut Youth Ballet.
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