Elisha Byerly (Project Based Dancer), 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 U.S. and internationally, and while pursuing her BA in dance studies from USF, she directed a dance/theatre company for students. Elisha has taught and choreographed all across Sarasota and Manatee counties and is currently teaching students at three local dance schools. This is her seventh season dancing with SCD, and it is her second season as the company’s Education Coordinator. She is a wife and a mother of two boys and feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the Sarasota Contemporary Dance family.