Mary Elizabeth Ameal received her first twelve years of training in Ballet, Modern and Jazz at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota. At the age of sixteen, she left her family and her home for Connecticut to further her training at the prestigious Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she endured a rigorous training curriculum of sixty hours per week of classes and rehearsals in addition to her academic schedule. During the summers, she studied by invitation at the highly respected summer intensives such as Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill School of the Arts, Princeton Ballet, Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and workshops with Azari Plissetski of Bejart Ballet in Switzerland, Alex Ursuliak of Stuttgart Ballet in Germany and Galina Shlyapina of Moscow Classical Ballet. By age seventeen, Mary Elizabeth embarked upon her professional dance career.
As a professional ballet dancer, Mary Elizabeth performed for the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Classical Ballet Theatre in Washington D.C., Miami City Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, Ballet South and as a contemporary dancer for Starpointe Productions. In 1997, Mrs. Ameal was invited by Frank Hatchett, "Master of Jazz", to serve as his choreography demonstrator during his Master Classes in Southwest Florida.
As President and Artistic/Executive Director of Florida Ballet Arts Academy and the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble for eleven years, Mary Elizabeth Ameal earned great respect and trust from the community through her unwavering commitment to excellence and sharp attention to detail, producing the area's top level dancers while dazzling Sarasota audiences for more than a decade with cutting edge choreography and professional seasonal performances at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel. She has served as a Master Teacher in highly respected schools and companies across the nation including West Florida Ballet, San Diego Ballet, School of Russian Ballet and Unity Dance Ensemble, a Los Angeles based contemporary company founded by SYTYCD choreographer Tessandra Chavez. She has also served as an Audition Site Liason and Conductor of Auditions for Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, selecting students coast-to-coast for their summer intensive and year round residency programs, as an Audition Conductor for the Carreno Dance Festival, and is the Founding Director of Imaginique Contemporary Ballet. She currently offers Private Coaching, Choreography, Consulting and Costume/Scenery Rentals through her company, Florida Ballet Arts-Professional Dance Alliance, and is a Realtor for Michael Saunders & Company on St. Armand's Circle. Mary Elizabeth Ameal measures her success by that of her students, who are currently or recently dancing professionally for Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Denmark, Boston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Les Grand Ballet Canadiens de Montreal. Mrs. Ameal's highly effective teaching styles and extensive training in Vaganova Syllabus, combined with her passion for artistry in dance, make her one of today's most highly sought after Master Teachers, Private Coaches and Choreographers.