Elizabeth Herrmann-Barreto

Meet DDS Product Development Assistant Elizabeth Herrmann-Barreto!

Lizzy was born in La Grande, Oregon.  She began dancing at La Grande School of Ballet, under the direction of her mother, Swannee Herrmann.  As a teen, Lizzy attended various training programs such as American Ballet Theatre, Summer Dance Lab, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Anaheim Ballet.  She competed in Youth America Grand Prix in 2008 and 2009, winning 3rd place in Classical Variations and Top 12 in Contemporary at the San Francisco and the Los Angeles regional’s.  She competed in the New York Finals both years.  In fall 2009, she performed in the Young Medalists Gala at the Miami International Dance Festival.

Since joining Anaheim Ballet as a company dancer, Elizabeth has danced numerous Soloist and Principal roles including The Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Spanish in The Nutcracker, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aurora in The Awakening of Flora, as well as lead roles in several contemporary ballets.  Elizabeth is featured in Anaheim Ballet’s “More Than Dance” video podcast series, which is one of the most popular ballet channels on YouTube.com.  She also teaches some of the lower level ballet classes at Anaheim Ballet School, and loves sharing her knowledge with young students.

When asked how being a dancer helps her in her job as a Product Development Assistant at DDS, Elizabeth answered “I wear dance clothes and shoes every day, so I know how they should fit.  I give input on what tweaks need to be made to a garment based on how I think it will work in the studio and onstage.  Being involved in the design process has definitely opened my eyes to how many hours of work go into the leotards I wear!”  In addition to her role as the Product Development Assistant, Lizzy is also a catalog and web site model for DDS.

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