MS. ELIZABETH GAVALDA
Elizabeth began to dance at the age of 3, in Miami, FL. At the age of 9, Elizabeth moved to California with her mother where she continued her training in dance at Hama’s Dance Center in Studio City on a scholarship training in jazz, jazz/lyrical and ballet. Her main training there was with Hama himself who taught the Luigi technique. Her ballet and technique teachers were Amy Schadt and Kristin Wilkinson. She also took classes with jazz legends Jaime Rogers, Michael Owens, and Jerry Evans on many occasions. At 13 years old, Elizabeth got into a Performing Arts Conservatory (AVPAC), where she was required to train in all styles of dance, voice, drama (stage and film) and toured with their company as well. Elizabeth had the majority of her dance training with the founders of “Therabarre” Marlene Hall and Josh and Emily Smith. This is also where she started to assist with baby classes and her passion grew for working with children.Elizabeth became a premiere dancer with The Conservatory Ballet Theatre where she performed in ballets such as “Cinderella”, “Little Mermaid”, “Alice In Wonderland”, was the Principal Soloist in “The Christmas Attic” and had the Principal Role playing “Jasmine” in “Aladdin” -The Ballet”.Over the years Elizabeth was invited to several summer dance intensives such as ABT, Alvin Ailey, Joffery Ballet and Miami City Ballet. In 2005, Elizabeth was one of only 150 performers, nationwide, to be accepted into what “Playbill” refers to as “the world’s most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students". "Broadway Theatre Project" Elizabeth went on to performing in many shows, as well as working at Disneyland and Universal Studios. These are only a few of the many experiences that have fueled Elizabeth Gavalda’s passion for the performing arts and the love of bringing her knowledge to young inspiring performers.
Whimsical, Elegant, and Witty