Elizabeth Knecht grew up in Bethlehem, PA. At an early age she began her performing career as a ballerina. Elizabeth began taking ballet lessons at the age of three at Miss Ronnie's School of Dance. Later she studied at the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley. She also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in NY on scholarship and was coached by such notables as Dame Margot Fonteyn and Assaf Messerer. She danced principal roles with many companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Northeast Regional Ballet, Repertory Dance Theater and Philadelphia Civic Ballet. In 1997 she toured with the Morgan Scott Ballet Company of New York. For well over a decade Elizabeth could be seen around Christmas time every year at the Merriam Theater as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Children’s Ballet Theater production of the Nutcracker. In her younger days, she has appeared as herself on national T.V. in Kids World on ABC and also appeared on Captain Noah and His Magical Ark on WPVI.
In 1995 Elizabeth was hired as a ballet dancer in Dan Perna’s musical production of Pinocchio. He asked her if she could sing in a few numbers as well. She agreed and discovered she had a knack for singing and acting as well. Soon after her appearance in Pinocchio she began many years of intense classical vocal training. She studied locally with many teachers and would often go to New York to be coached by Alex Izbitser. One summer she even traveled to Italy to study opera with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala. Elizabeth began to appear in community theater and opera productions. Some of her more memorable roles have been Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday with Stage Crafters and Mabel A Normand in Mack & Mable with the King of Prussia Players. Elizabeth has also done several of her own cabaret shows at such places as Downey’s in Philadelphia and the Russian Samovar in New York.
In 2007 Elizabeth quit her full time job as a ballet teacher with the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School to pursue a career as a professional entertainer. She has performed regularly as a lounge singer at the Four Seasons Hotel and at the Tango Lounge in Caesar’s Resort in Atlantic City. She has honed her skills as a songstress by performing at countless retirement homes in the Philadelphia region with an entertainment company called “Night & Day”. On May 23, 2009 Elizabeth played her first role at a professional Equity theater when she went on as the understudy for Miss Flannery in the Media Theater’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Elizabeth often performs with a one-man-band named Pasquale. They perform
together most Saturday nights at La Collina, an upscale Italian restaurant
in Belmont Hills, PA. From fall through spring they also perform together
frequently at Café Rivera in the Concord Mall in Delaware. On June 25,
2009 Elizabeth is scheduled to perform a 90 minute concert for an expected
crowd of over 600 people at the Wilmington, DE waterfront. The concert is
part of the Citizens Bank Shipyard Summer Concert Series. Able to sing in
a variety of vocal styles, Elizabeth occasionally even sings an opera role
at the High Note Café in South Philadelphia. Along with her work in the
restaurants, Elizabeth says she will continue doing concerts, cabaret
shows, and professional musical theater.