Senior Spotlight: Ellie Delcourt


Miriam Rios, Reporter

Being a professional dancer for most of her life, Ellie Delcourt is no stranger to the spotlight. She has been dancing for about 16 years in total and 5 to 6 years professionally. 

“I originally began doing dance because it was something that my mom wanted me to be a part of, but I’ve really grown to love it over the years, and it’s really become an important part of my life,” she says. 

Ellie has been able to hone her craft at the local dance studio Southold Dance Theater and has performed in a number of shows with them. The most well-known of their shows is the annual Nutcracker, a show that Ellie has been a part of for 14 years. She even held the role of Clara (the lead) in last year’s rendition. Other significant shows (and her favorites) include Giselle and Don Quijote. 

Another endeavor that Ellie has participated in is a competition known as the Youth America Grand Prix, or YAGP for short. This year will be her 3rd year taking part in it. Typically, she does variations (solo work) and an ensemble number. In the past, one of her ensemble numbers was invited to perform at the finals in New York City!

Next year, Ellie plans to continue pursuing dance as her college major. She has already received a number of offers from different universities, including the University of North Carolina School of Arts, Cincinnati University, and the University of Utah. She is also planning on an audition for IU Bloomington. In addition to dance, Ellie is also interested in studying journalism and marketing in college.