Elizabeth is a multi UCWDC World & European Champion in American Style Couples (Smooth), West Coast Swing, Hustle and Line Dancing.
Elizabeth, who has RAD Classical Ballet and specialist Street Dance training, is a highly accomplished Ballroom & Latin American Dancer and a qualified ISTD Associate Disco Dance Teacher and Zumba Dance-Fitness® Teacher. She is also an English, Drama and Media Studies Teacher having received a 1st class BA Joint Honours degree in English and Drama at Sussex University.
ELIZABETH – THE PERFORMER, COMPETITOR and TEACHER
Elizabeth is a very experienced performer and competitor.
Her first TV appearance, age 6, was with some of the other children from The Live Wire School of Dance, who were invited to perform on the Saturday morning BBC SMTV Live programme with Ant, Dec and Cat.
This TV appearance was followed by her winning her first UCWDC World Line Dance Championship in Nashville, USA when she had just turned 7 years old! At the same tender age of 7 years old, she was also a member of the mainly adult team, The Live Wires, who were already CWDC British and European Champions, and came third in the World UCWDC Championships.
It was following her incredible successes at her first World Championships that her amazing dancing talent was spotted by top USA Professional Couples Dancer, Barry Durand, and a highly successful Pro Am Couples partnership was formed, which would last until Elizabeth was 12 years old. She danced both Classic and Showcase Couples divisions, with styles including: Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Twostep.
Over the years, Elizabeth has won more British, International, European and World Championships than it is possible to mention in American Style Couples, West Coast Swing, Hustle and Line Dancing (Solo Classic and Showcase including: Waltz, West Coast Swing, Rumba, and Funky) and she regularly demonstrated in front of many thousands of spectators in Europe, Canada and the USA from the age of 8 years old with Barry Durand and Sarah.
Towards the end of Elizabeth’s competitive career, she danced Pro Am Couples with the fabulous Superstar Dancer, Lee Easton, which was a highly successful competitive partnership. Cha Cha Elizabeth and Lee, East Coast Elizabeth and Lee, Two Step Elizabeth and Lee, Waltz Elizabeth and Lee, West Coast Elizabeth and Lee.
During this same period from the age of 8 years old, Elizabeth also assisted Sarah by demonstrating and training ISTD Teachers at numerous Seminars and Congresses, as well as training dance competitors in Europe and the USA. It was a highlight at the end of her competitive career to be asked to perform with Sarah in the ISTD Centenary Gala at Sadler’s Wells in 2004 (Sadlers Wells Rehearsals). It was here that she met and was photographed with Sarah’s former competitor and compère, Anton du Beke (Live Wire PATRON), on her 13th birthday.
Elizabeth has also helped Sarah in The Live Wire School of Dance from a young age: teaching and demonstrating, choreographing, helping coordinate Live Wire shows, demonstrating at ISTD examination sessions and training children of all ages. Her Disco & Commercial Street/Jazz choreography is amazing and her skill and enthusiasm as a teacher shines through, continually inspiring all of the school’s students. Elizabeth also teaches adult classes in Social Ballroom & Latin and assists Sarah with her Zumba Dance-Fitness® and Modern Line Dancing Classes.
Elizabeth has been privileged to have had expert training from such a young age, and uses the skills she has learnt over the years in all areas of her life. Her training gave her a good foundation for applying herself to her studies; the dedication, organisation and versatility she gained from training enabled her ambition to become a teacher to be realised. Having continued to dance and teach throughout her academic life, Elizabeth also spent several years working at Dorothy Stringer High School, whilst still studying for her degree at Sussex University, where she was able to contribute enthusiastically to the Drama department in many ways, including school productions, charity events and lessons throughout the day. Elizabeth is proud to now be a qualified secondary school teacher where she can help guide students to achieve to the best of their abilities, and establish many of the life skills she has gained in their own lives.
The Live Wire School of Dance is a creative outlet for Elizabeth, and she thoroughly enjoys contributing to the development of each and every pupil, sharing her love of dance with students of all ages.