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Elizabeth George

Associate Professor, Dance

Ina Gittings Bldg, Room 121D
520-621-2905

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Elizabeth George is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the School of Dance at the University of Arizona. She teaches undergraduate courses in ballet, pointe, and choreography.In addition, she designed a freshman colloquium for the Arizona Assurance Program at the University of Arizona which uses dance as a vehicle for students to understand the fine arts available to them on campus. Her contributions to UA Dance include the development of a yoga class for dance majors (following her certification in 2010) and numerous choreographies for the UA Dance Ensemble.

Ms. George is a former dancer of the Dayton Ballet where she was a part of the Cleveland Phoenix Project (a collaborative venture between the Ohio Ballet and Dayton Ballet.) She has performed works by such choreographers as Dermot Burke, James Clouser, Amy Ernst, Luis Fuente, Bella Lewitsky, Stephen Mills, and David Nixon to name a few. Her early training includes studies at the School of American Ballet in NYC, and Cleveland School of Ballet. Her academic credits include a BFA and MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona.

Elizabeth’s recent guest teaching includes City Ballet of San Diego, Kingwood Dance Theatre (Houston), Boca Ballet Theatre (Boca Raton, FL), Premier Dance Academy (Denver, CO), Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana, CA), Glendale Community College (Glendale, AZ), Houston School for the Visual and Performing Arts (Houston, TX), and the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH). In addition, she has taught for the American College Dance Festival Association in 2010 and 2013.

Ms. George is a member of NDEO and has been an invited presenter for their 2003 (Albuquerque, NM), 2010 (Phoenix, AZ), and 2013 (Miami, Florida) National Conferences. In 2011 she served as a rehearsal director for Artifact Dance Project’s “Great American Dance Tour” of China where 28 dancers and 11 musicians performed in over 15 Chinese cities.

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Arizona Arts

Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities' Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s "Uprooted."

"Uprooted" is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

"This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again." -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism.

“(Wong's) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s Uprooted. 

Uprooted is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again. -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | https://azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism. 

“(Wongs) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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