Elizabeth Donabedian

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Ballet and Pointe

Elizabeth is a former principal dancer with Festival Ballet RI. She has performed many lead roles in all major full-length classical ballets including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and Giselle. Elizabeth has also danced in many new choreography showcases performing contemporary, modern and jazz roles. In recent years, she has performed as a guest character artist for Festival Ballet and Heritage Ballet, and can currently be seen as The Queen in Festival Ballet's May production of Swan Lake.
Elizabeth studied under Christine Hennessy, Winthrop Corey, Wayne Stewart, and Mark Schneider, as well as attended summer dance programs with Boston Ballet.
Ms. Donabedian has been a teacher of classical ballet, pointe, and jazz for 25 years, having choreographed many ballet, jazz, and pointe pieces for Festival Ballet, Heritage Ballet, Cheryl's School of Dance, Portsmouth Ballet, Luis Pabon's Dance Arts Centre, various other RI and Mass. ballet schools, Waterfire Providence performances, Miss America/Miss RI ballet pieces, Rhode Island pageants, and local dinner theaters/cabarets.
Elizabeth is also a former Miss Rhode Island and Miss America contestant. Throughout the years, she has also served as a judge for several pageants and dance auditions in the New England area.
Elizabeth received her B.S. in Elementary Education as well as a MEd. in Reading, and is currently a certified Reading Specialist/Consultant with 17 years of elementary classroom experience. While in the public schools, Ms. Donabedian also volunteered her time after school to teach dance to many children that had always wanted to take dance classes, but never had formal training. 
Last March, Elizabeth was honored and blessed to become a mother to the sweetest baby in the world! Being a mommy has been her best role yet!


The Talent Factory Reviews

Hi Dana,

I just wanted to tell you what a great experience I had observing this week!! 

Backing up a bit, when we were carefully selecting which studio we were moving to, Taylor participated in a camp week last summer (2012).   Even though you were in a temporary studio, the atmosphere was exactly what I hoped it would be.  Everyone was so friendly and truly passionate about dance. It was fun and serious at the same time. We were hooked. 


Last year she grew so much as a dancer thanks to the dedication of you and your staff. I felt like she was so far behind other dancers of her age when she started. Although she still has so much to learn, I am amazed at how far she has come. Not only has her skill improved but her love of dance is immeasurable. I can't thank you all enough, especially Miss Keryn, who has totally transformed my little girl. 


So, to my point, this is my first time ever observing classes. I can't tell you how much this week affirmed my choice to become a part of TFDC. The classes were very professional, organized and effective.  But what I knew in my heart, I finally saw with my own eyes. Every teacher was so passionate and really cares about every student.  Their energy and enthusiasm was so intense that I wanted to dance!! Lol. Miss Tara, Miss Keryn, Miss Kayla & yourself are truly special people. 

I'm so glad I finally took the time to sit in on classes and was able to feel the pure joy that she does for dance. What an amazing program and we are thrilled to be a part of it all. Thank you for all you do. 

Thank YOU. The hard work, talent and caring you and your staff put into everything you do is apparent and appreciated. Looking forward to next year's show! -June
Dana: Thank you for doing such a great job. You are really very gifted at your art. You push the kids to reach their best during the year and then are so supportive during the recital. You are complete grace under pressure. Enjoy some relaxation -Amy
THANK YOU for all your hard work in putting together yet ANOTHER fab recital. It's really so amazing to watch it all come together so "professionally"! -Cathy
The show was extremely professional and ran so smoothly it was amazing. I credit you and thank you for providing a wonderful experience for our family.
Thank you for all that you and your staff do! Talent factory is such a great place for to grow up and we feel so lucky. Thank you for all you offer our daughters.