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MaryElizabeth Ameal received her training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut. At age 14, shewas selected to perform as a Junior Company Member with the Sarasota Ballet under thedirection of Eddy Toussaint and at 16, with the Nutmeg Ballet Company. During her professional career, she performed for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Classical Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, Ballet South, Starpointe Productions, and as a choreography demonstrator for Frank Hatchett, “Master of Jazz”. MaryElizabeth has served as Ballet Master to West Florida Ballet, San Diego Ballet, and Unity Dance Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based contemporary company. As the Artistic/Executive Director of Florida Ballet Arts Academy and the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble, she earned great respect from the community through her unwavering commitment to excellence and sharp attention to detail, producing the area’s top level dancers while dazzling Sarasota audiences for more than a decade with professional seasonal performances at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel. MaryElizabeth has since served as coast-to-coast Conductor of Auditions for Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and Carreno Dance Festival, and has taught master classes across the country. Her students have gone on to dance professionally for Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Boston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Les Grand Ballet Canadiens de Montreal.