Originally from Atlanta, Elizabeth (Liz) Nahser received the majority of her training at the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, and also studied at the American Ballet Theatre and the Cleveland San Jose Ballet. She has trained under some of the world’s most notable instructors, including Maniya Barredo, Robert Barnett, Marianna Tcherkassky, Edward Villella, and Nan Giordano.
Liz is a graduate of Mercyhurst College, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and concentrations in performance, teaching, and choreography. While attending Mercyhurst, she received academic and dance merit scholarships, the President’s Award for Excellence in Fine and Performing Arts, the “Living the Mission” award, and served as the Artistic Director of the Mercyhurst College Liturgical Dance Ensemble.
Liz has taught a wide variety of styles and techniques at private studios, public schools, workshops, and universities, and her choreography has been performed at concerts and competitions all over the country. She has also performed with several professional ballet companies, including the Manassas Dance Company and the Lake Erie Ballet. Her classical repertoire includes La Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. This is Liz’s 18th year teaching at VDC!