Elisa Toro Franky

Dancer/ Teacher / Choreographer

Elisa Toro Franky is a professional dancer and teacher based in New York City. Elisa is the Program Director and Lead Teaching Artist at Accent Dance NYC, an education and performance organization comprised of multicultural, top tier professional dancers and teachers who provide access to the performing arts in underserved communities. Elisa has also been a choreographer for some Accent Dance NYC performances.

Additionally Elisa has performed with FJK Dance, Dardo Galletto Dance, and Christopher Caines Dance. Elisa is featured in works that integrate ballet, tango, ballroom, and Middle Eastern styles.

Born in Bogotá (Colombia), Elisa began her ballet training at the Myriam Guerrero School of Ballet at the age of eight. There she was trained by Cuban professors such as Ana Julia Bermúdez, Lidia Diaz and Maricely Castillo.

In 2004, Elisa came to the United States to train at the Miami City Ballet School. In 2007, she joined the Washington Ballet Studio Company, and one year later the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble (New York), where she toured nationally to commemorate the 40th anniversary of this legendary organization.

In 2010, Elisa competed at the USA International Ballet Competition, Jackson, Mississippi, where only 100 dancers were selected as competitors from around the world: "Today, international ballet competitions flourish worldwide, yet the USA IBC in Jackson remains one of the oldest and most respected dance competitions in the world."

From September of 2010 to May of 2014, Elisa was a member of the New Jersey Ballet Company, where she performed principal and soloist roles in a wide variety of works ranging from classical to contemporary ballet. The New Jersey Ballet Company is the most traditional troupe in the state of New Jersey, and holds performances in different cities throughout the state.

Since 2011, Elisa has diversified her style to incorporate other dance vocabularies into her repertoire. Since then she has performed frequently with three companies in New York City: Dardo Galletto Dance, standing at the intersection of ballet, tango, and modern dance; Christopher Caines Dance, centered on contemporary ballet; and FJK Dance, a unique fusion of contemporary ballet, ballroom, jazz, and Middle Eastern styles.

In 2012, Elisa founded the dance group "The Creative Cauldron" in Bogotá (Colombia), directing performances in 2012, 2013 and 2018 that received enthusiastic acclaim from the audience.

In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Elisa was invited to perform with Dardo Galletto Dance and FJK Dance at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival: "Thousands of people, of all ages, from across the United States and the world, have Jacob’s Pillow to thank for opening their horizons to dance." - PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, awarding Jacob’s Pillow with a 2010 National Medal of Arts.

In 2017, Elisa embarks in a 31-city international tour to China with FJK Dance, performing at the Poly Theatre Chains. Poly Culture was conferred in China the title of the "Top 10 Most Influential National Demonstrational Bases in Cultural Industry" by the Ministry of Culture in 2011. From 2008 to 2016, it has been awarded the "Top 30 Cultural Enterprises of China" 8 times consecutively.

As Program Director and Lead Teaching Artist of Accent Dance NYC, Elisa has recruited a multicultural team of top-tier professional dancers and teaching artists since January of 2018. They are committed to bringing high level professional performances, lecture demonstrations, and instruction to public schools and cultural centers of underserved areas in New York City, the Bronx, and beyond.