Artistic Director/Instructor (Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Modern)
A professional dancer, choreographer and instructor in Toronto, Elizabeth is the Artistic Director and founder of Artists’ Play School of Dance and Company.
Elizabeth has created and performed in 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!.
Beyond her own productions, Elizabeth has performed with groups such as Corpus, Parahumans Dance Theatre, The International Tango Festival, with independent choreographers such as Siona Jackson and most recently, an aerial performance at Zero Gravity Circus. She has also acted in various theatre shows, performed with a comedy troupe and worked with independent films within Toronto.
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, 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. Elizabeth continues to educate herself through the Professional Development program at the National Ballet School of Canada.
Having been performing and teaching in the Riverdale/Leslieville area since 2003, she is thrilled to be sharing her love and knowledge of dance with children and adults alike at Artists’ Play School of Dance. 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.