Finding ways to stay artistically inspired as a dance teacher and studio owner can be hard especially when most of the day is spent doing all the things that take away from time to be creative.
In this episode you’ll hear from Lizzie Mackenzie who has been dancing, teaching, coaching and choreographing in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. She’s the co-founder of Extensions Dance Company and Extensions Dance Center. Lizzie shares tips on how to stay inspired to choreograph recital routines.
Lizzie Mackenzie has been dancing, teaching, coaching and choreographing in Chicago and the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of Extensions Dance Company and Extensions Dance Center. Lizzie is originally from Toronto, Ontario and she is a graduate of the performing arts boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen Michigan.
Lizzie has performed, taught and coached dance all over the world with various organizations including the Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Masters of America, Chicago Dance Connection and RDA (Regional Dance America). She has been an artist in residence at Northwestern University, East Carolina University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois, Webster University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, her class was listed by Dance Spirit Magazine as one of the top 3 dance classes to take in Chicago and she has been quoted and featured numerous times in Dance Teacher Magazine. She has held positions on the advanced professional faculty at both Hubbard Street Dance Center and Visceral Dance Center among others.
Lizzie’s choreography can be seen on various professional companies and she has received countless awards for her works. At the core of Lizzie’s love for teaching is the joy it brings her to see her students gain confidence as people and artists through their work in the dance studio. She is known for an intense teaching style with high expectations, yet she continues to foster a loving and supportive learning environment through mentoring and the expression of respect she shows her students. Through her extensive and continued education in the field her knowledge and ability to communicate and share her knowledge with all ages and levels of dancers is unmatched.