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Elizabeth Curtis

College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance


Liz Curtis is a dance educator, performer and choreographer who received her M.F.A. and B.A. in Dance from California State University, Long Beach.  She is thrilled to work with Chapman University's talented dancers where she teaches Modern and Jazz Technique, Improvisation and Choreography. Other teaching appointments include California State University, Long Beach (Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Dance History, Pilates), Glendale Community College (Jazz, Salsa, Improvisation/Composition, Latin/Standard Ballroom,
Commercial Dance) and Rio Hondo College (Pilates). Prior to teaching in higher education, she taught and served as the dance school director at Caballero Dance in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, CA for six years.

She has experience teaching, performing and choreographing in both the commercial and concert dance worlds. Her performance experience includes concert works by Doug Varone, Gerald Casel, John Pennington, Susan McLain, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette and Rebecca Bryant. Her commercial dance experience includes work in film, television, music videos, Las Vegas, international tours and pas de deux on cruise ships. Her choreography has been presented on stage, television, screendance and site-specific works. Her work has also been produced at dance festivals including the American College Dance Festival and dance film festivals featuring dances made for the camera.

In addition to dance, she is a graduate of The Sanford Meisner Center's Professional Acting Certificate Program in North Hollywood and she received her Pilates certification with Dance Specialization through BASI under the training of Karen Clippinger whom she has also assisted in BASI Pilates teacher-training certification and several classes at CSULB.