Elizabeth is the owner and Artistic Director of the Elizabeth Williams School of Dance which she opened in 1980. She teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and tumbling. She received her training from Anneliese Von Oettingen of Cincinnati, Ohio. Anneliese, originally from Germany, studied under Eugenia Eduardova and Nicolai Legat. Elizabeth has also studied under Frank Hatchett, Roni Mahler, Joe Tremaine, Doug Cauldwell, Joe Lanteri and others. She was the children’s rehearsal coach for the Knoxville/Tulsa Ballet for 10 years and had the opportunity to work with Moscelyn Larkin Jasinski and Marcello Angelini.
Elizabeth’s students have been selected and attended both summer and year round programs at American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Boston Ballet School. After their high school graduation, her students have been accepted to dance programs and dance teams at the University of the Arts, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of South Carolina, University of Tenneessee Knoxville, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Auburn University, Memphis University, Middle Tennessee State University and Maryville College. Elizabeth directs 10 performing companies which have won numerous 1st place and overall high score awards for their outstanding performances. She has won several choreography awards for her group and production numbers. Several of her students have been named National Title Winners.
Along with instructing at the EWSD studios, Elizabeth also finds time for many other teaching, choreographing and judging opportunities. She has been a guest instructor/choreographer for several different companies. She has choreographed for local music theaters, cheer squads and dance teams. She was the dance team coach for the ABA team The Knoxville Thunderbolts. She has judged for National dance competitions at different venues across the country. Elizabeth volunteers her time to several local organizations including; Director of the Distinguished Young Woman of Sevier County (formerly Sevier County Jr. Miss), Artistic Director of the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre, Choreographer of the Veterans Day Show and coordinating dance groups from local studios to perform at several local events.
Elizabeth enjoys watching students acquire a love of dance and feels most successful when her students achieve goals they never dreamed possible.