Elise Barksdale is a native of Covington, Georgia. Her introduction into the performing arts was through the form of dance, when she began her training with the Covington Regional Ballet. After high school, Elise went on to study at The University of Alabama and received a B.A. in both Theatre and Dance. During her time at the university, Elise was able to participate in multiple Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre productions, as well as theatre productions such as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 2017, Elise was invited to be a part of the Rockettes Summer Intensive, and in spring of 2018 she participated in Bama on Broadway, a New York showcase for graduating students.