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About Elizabeth Barrett
Elizabeth Barrett is a native of Toronto, Canada. Her interest in dance began at a very early age with the study of ballet. Her interest in art also included piano, drawing and painting. After high school, Elizabeth pursued a career in art at Ontario College of Art. Upon graduating, she was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and traveled to Italy to study abroad.
After studying art and Italian, for five years in Italy, Elizabeth moved to the United States and resumed both her oil painting and her life long love of dance.
Elizabeth now focuses on partner dancing with an emphasis on International Standard. She practices this discipline weekly for nearly three years with Ted Ross of the East Bay and has performed with him in the past. While studying partner dancing at Stars Ballroom , she was invited to begin teaching dance. She taught and trained for several years with Stars Ballroom, teaching hundreds of classes and private lessons, before relocating to Bay West in San Rafael in July of 2004.
Over the past few years Elizabeth has expanded her training to include West Coast Swing, Latin, and Country. Elizabeth has had the opportunity to work with numerous top teachers in various fields. She is proud to have studied regularly over the years with world-renowned Blackpool Finalists Glenn Weiss and Maya Serve of Denmark in both private lessons and seminars. She has also been coached by Gary McIntyre of Calgary, Alberta and the legendary Ray Rivers of San Diego. Elizabeth currently studies with Mark Nelson-Novak, specializing in Latin and has regularly been studying with U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, Kelly Casanova since 2004.
Now at Bay West Ballroom of San Rafael, she teaches back-to-back group classes on Thursday nights and hosts dance parties on the second Saturday of each month.
Elizabeth is registered with the NDCA (National Dance Council of America) as a Pro/Am Teacher and Competing Professional. To contact Elizabeth you can email her firstname.lastname@example.org