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Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Ellie (Conners) Esford began dancing at age 11 at the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet under the direction of Heather Raue. At age 15, she attended a year of training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. She went on to train at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, CA. Upon graduating from the training program in 2015, Ellie moved back to Northern Michigan where she is currently teaching at the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet and offering different workshops through out the area.