Elisha Nilsen is originally from California and began his formal dance training at the California Ballet School in San Diego, California. He continued his training in Northern California at the Contra Costa Ballet School for 5 years followed by 1 year at the San Francisco Ballet School. In addition to dance, Elisha was a concert clarinetist performing with the Diablo Wind Symphony in the Bay Area. At the age of 16, Elisha attended a summer program at the School of American Ballet, and subsequently danced with the School of American Ballet for two years, followed by a year at the coveted Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre. In addition to his dance career, Elisha is pursuing filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera, and has produced dance videos, which have garnered a loyal following on YouTube, in collaboration with peers in the dance and choreography community.