Madeleine Ellis is originally from Las Cruces, NM where she trained in ballet, jazz, and tap at Michele's Dance Academy. In New Mexico, Madeleine danced with the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet company in roles such as Clara in the Nutcracker, the Sugarplum Fairy, and Coppelia. After dancing with the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet, Madeleine attended Gonzaga University and was captain of the university's hip hop dance team: The Bomb Squad. Upon graduation, Madeleine worked as a character performer at Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL). In addition to dancing with the LiRa Dance Theatre Company since its debut, Madeleine is also the Associate Director of Admission at Augustana University and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Educational Administration.