Continuing Adult Ballet
Elizabeth graduated from the Boston Conservatory, MA with a BFA in Dance after studying with Judy Williams Henry and The Movement Laboratories Youth Ensemble, PA and at The Hungarian Ballet School and The Milwaukee Ballet. She further developed her dance training on the East Coast while dancing professionally with The Buglisi/Foreman Dance Co.(now known as Buglisi Dance Theatre), The Mereminne Dancers, The Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, and while training at The Martha Graham School and Alvin Ailey Dance Center, amongst other NYC dance schools. Elizabeth moved to the Midwest and began sharing her dance knowledge, teaching weekly classes in modern and ballet techniques and master workshops at The Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Elite Dance Center, New American Youth Ballet, and Tri County Dance Academy; in addition to, teaching modern and ballet as an adjunct professor at IPFW and founding Mikautadze Dance Theatre(MDT) with husband and music director, David Mikautadze. Since MDT’s inception she has choreographed over 30 full scale works and continues to build a repertoire that is versatile and timeless. In 2012, Elizabeth secured MDT a residency at IPFW’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Elizabeth trains her dancers in a blend of Graham technique and other modern dance techniques and incorporates concepts from her previous experience with Juliu Horvath’s Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis techniques to enhance her dancers’ abilities for versatile choreography. Elizabeth is also well versed in ballet pedagogy and has developed a teaching style that focuses on proper alignment and performance quality.
Her choreographic process moves towards building magical, emotional, and dramatic imagery by combining artistic elements, often through collaboration with other artists. The aesthetic aims to liberate the viewer from a literal or narrative translation and inspires the audience to find a multitude of possible meanings.
Elizabeth has collaborated with nationally recognized artists: such as, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Debra Lynn, Joseph Marcello, The Hope Arthur Orchestra, Silbo Gomero, Rob Foster, Gregor Roth, Michael Rhoades, Chris Rutkowski, Austin Moss, and The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, as well as many local and regional artists.