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Elizabeth Curtis

College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance


Liz Curtis is a dance educator, performer and multimedia dance choreographer who received her B.A. and MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach, where she was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award. She is thrilled to work with Chapman University's talented dancers where she teaches Modern, Contemporary Ballet, Improvisation, Choreography II and BFA Dance Techniques. Liz has co-directed the Spring Dance Concert and Works in Progress Dance concert, and serves as the faculty advisor for the Chapman Dance Film Club and The Stilettos, Chapman’s new heels-dancing club. Liz has choreographed works for all of the Chapman site-specific dance concerts and premiered a new screendance commissioned for the Department of Dance’s Masters at Chapman concert in fall 2022. In addition to Chapman, Liz is an adjunct faculty member of the California State University, Long Beach, Department of Dance and has taught at summer intensives throughout southern California, including Backhausdance.

She has experience teaching, performing and choreographing in both the commercial and concert dance worlds. Her performance experience includes concert works by Doug Varone, Gloria Newman, 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 cruise ships. Her choreography has been presented on stage and television and in screendance and site-specific works. Her work has also been produced nationally at dance festivals including the American College Dance Festival and at New York’s 92Y. She recently presented her film Beyond at the La Frontera—The Border Conference in Orange, CA.

Liz is a BASI-certified Pilates instructor with dance specialization trained by Karen Clippinger, world-renowned author, researcher, and lecturer. She had the pleasure of assisting Karen with the BASI Pilates teacher training certification and several classes at CSULB. Liz is also a graduate of The Sanford Meisner Center's Professional Acting Certificate Program in North Hollywood.

Courses Taught

  • Modern
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Improvisation
  • Choreography II
  • BFA Dance Techniques.