Elizabeth Holst

alt Elizabeth Holst is celebrating her fourteenth season at Creative Dance Arts. She began her dance training at age five in the suburbs of Chicago. Later she studied at the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet and at the Lou Conte (Hubbard Street Dance Company) Dance Studio in Chicago. She received training from Bentley Stone, Walter Camryn, Joan Lawson, Peggy Lyman, Julie Walder, Lou Conte, Claire Bataille, Birute Biradocaite, Greg Begley and others while in Chicago. She attended Indiana University and holds a Bachelor's Degree from the School of Music with majors in Ballet and French. Her training there was given by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Jacques Cesbron, Jory Hancock, Melissa Lowe, Jurgen Pagels, Marina Svetlova, Jim Canady and guest faculty.

She lived in New York City where she studied at the David Howard Dance Center and at Broadway Dance Center, where she received training from David Howard, Nancy Bielski, Michael Owens, Bob Audy and Frank Hatchett. Elizabeth has performed with Helen Starr, Patricia McBride and Merrill Ashley among others. Elizabeth is an award-winning choreographer. She began teaching dance in 1981 in Villa Park, IL. She worked as an assistant to the Pre-College Ballet Program at Indiana University and taught undergraduate level ballet classes there as well.

She has also taught dance in Louisville, KY, Carbondale, IL, and Carmel, IN. While living in the Indianapolis area, Elizabeth was on the substitute faculty and was a rehearsal assistant to the Jordan College Academy of Dance at Butler University. Since moving to Tucson in 1995 she has taught ballet, tap, jazz, children's combo classes, lyrical, modern, character, tumbling and musical theatre classes at Creative Dance Arts. She really enjoys working with dancers of all ages.


“My daughter has danced at CDA for 5 years and she absolutely loves it.The teachers truly care about the kids and work hard to see them rise to their full potential.”