Elizabeth Gillaspy, SCCD Director and Professor of Ballet, has been a dance educator and choreographer for over 25 years. Committed to teaching excellence, she was named the National Dance Association’s College/University Dance Educator of the Year in 2006. At TCU, she teaches studio and lecture courses, and over the years she has taught in colleges, universities, private studios, public high schools, and at numerous festivals. She received her ballet training at North Carolina School of the Arts and American Ballet Theatre School and has performed in classical and contemporary ballet, musical theater, opera ballet, and modern dance with organizations such as Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Chamber Ensemble, North Shore Music Theater, and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth. She holds her Master of Fine Arts in Ballet from TCU, and her secondary teaching certificate in dance for the State of Texas. She founded the first high school performing arts dance program in the Fort Worth Independent School District and serves as a supervising teacher for students completing dance certification through the TCU School of Education.
An active contemporary ballet choreographer, she has created works for professional and regional ballet companies and schools, including two works for the late Fernando Bujones’ Orlando Ballet. Her critically acclaimed works have been performed regionally, nationally and internationally—from Texas to Taiwan. She is an active member of and has presented her creative and scholarly activities at CORPS de Ballet International, Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, and Dance (TAHPERD), and American Alliance HPERD/National Dance Association. She is Past President for CORPS de Ballet International and has received the TCU College of Fine Arts Award for Teaching Excellence and the TCU Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence.
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