Elijah Richardson (Mouse King & Arabian Lead), originally from San Jose, California, is a Filipino-American dancer, choreographer, and educator based in Chicago. He began dancing at age 12 while also training in musical theatre and figure skating. He went on to earn his BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University in 2018. Supplemental intensive training includes San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Zion Dance Project. Upon graduation, Elijah joined DanceWorks Chicago for three seasons performing and teaching nationally and internationally. Elijah has gone on to appear as a guest artist with The Cambrians, Anaheim Ballet, South Chicago Dance Theatre, and recently, Collage Dance Collective, in Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son.” He has originated featured roles in works by Charissa Lee Barton, Ron De Jesus, Joshua Manculich, Stephanie Martinez, Wade Schaaf, and Ido Tadmor among others. His choreography has also been presented at Loyola University Chicago, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Trifecta Dance Festival, four times at Mobile Dance Film Festival (2018-2020 & 2022), and Second City Dance Ministry. He frequently teaches master classes throughout the Chicagoland area and occasionally serves as a national competition adjudicator. Elijah gives all the Glory to God and is grateful to be back onstage with M3 Dance!