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Elisha Byerly, a Sarasota native, is a dance graduate from the University of South Florida. Her love for dance and choreography started as a young child, and in high school, she began dancing with a Florida based dance/theatre company. She has performed across the US and internationally, and while pursuing her BA in Dance Studies from USF, she directed a dance/theatre company for students. Byerly has taught and choreographed all across Sarasota/Manatee counties, and is currently teaching students at three local dance schools.  She is a wife and mother of two boys, and feels incredibly blessed to be apart of the Sarasota Contemporary Dance family.