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Eli Nelson

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


After receiving a bachelor's degree in composition and choreography from the University of California, Riverside, Eli danced with Heidi Duckler's Collage Dance Theater, Stephanie Gilliland and Dancers, and Lizz Roman and Dancers. An excellent musician and composer, Eli has enhanced the Conservatory's ballet and modern technique classes as a musical accompanist since 2005. He has also composed dance music for a number of works created by Summer Lee Rhatigan on the Conservatory's students, as well as for Trapeze World, Rapt Productions, Company Chaddick, and KT Nelson. As a choreographer, he has created works for the dance department at the University of San Francisco and for the younger dancers in the Conservatory's summer intensive program. He frequently travels and performs with the band Notorious, and has performed with: Thomas Dolby, Sugar Hill Gang, Tiffany, Tone Loc, Howard Jones, George Clinton; and Singers from: Tears for Fears, Motley Crue, English Beat, Living Colour, Dee-Lite, Naked Eyes, Digital Underground, and Twisted Sister.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Composition & Choreography, University of California, Riverside

Prior Experience

  • Dancer, Heidi Duckler's Collage Dance Theater
  • Dancer, Stephanie Gilliland and Dancers
  • Dancer, Lizz Roman and Dancers