A professional dancer, choreographer and instructor in Toronto, Elizabeth is the Artistic Director and founder of Artists’ Play Dance Theatre school and company. Having curated a cabaret for five years consecutively, Elizabeth was introduced and artistically inspired by many artists of different disciplines.
As a performer/choreographer Elizabeth has created over thirty small works and produced four larger productions which premiered at festivals and showcases such as Series 8:08, Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFida), Atlantic Fringe Festival, Squiggfest, Toronto Fringe Festival 2008 and 2009, LABCAB Festival and her own productions, Artists’ Play…a Cabaret!. Elizabeth has performed with Corpus, Parahumans Dance Theatre, The International Tango Festival, and with independent choreographers in the GTA. She has also acted in various theatre shows as well as independent films within Toronto. Elizabeth often draws on her ability to improvise in dance and storytelling as she performed with an improve comedy troupe for over two years.
Hailing from Manitoba, Elizabeth was trained classically at the Brandon School of Dance, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was mentored by Arnold Spohr. After training in Jazz, Modern and Contemporary at JazzArt, Grant MacEwan and the Banff Center of Fine Arts, she then went on to graduate from the George Brown Dance Diploma Program where she studied under Ballet Jorgen.
Elizabeth has toured England with Parahumans Dance Theatre, lead by Dave Wilson, where she facilitated workshops for children in public schools. She has also worked for Arts for Children in public schools and was the dance instructor in the AFC Arts Adventure camp in 2007, besides creating and directing her own performing arts summer school. She has choreographed many musicals in high-schools and created in-depth performances for her students to perform at community events such as public school fun fairs, the Riverside BIA’s events and large scale year end performances for her own school.
Having been in the Riverdale/Leslieville area for the past 6 years, she is thrilled to be sharing her love and knowledge of dance training and performance with children and adults alike. Elizabeth is excited to maintain working within various schools and communities aiding with the introduction of professional dance and creative movement to children and youth.