Elizabeth Rancourt-Smith - Tap Instructor
Elizabeth Rancourt-Smith ("Miss Liz") began her training at Terri's School of Dance (now TNT Dance Studio) in Waterville, Maine under the instruction of Terri Glidden. She began demonstrating and assisting preschool classes at age 9. She was a team soloist and was nominated as a DanceAmerica Dancer of the Year titlist. She won numerous special accolades, including Best Emotional Execution and Best Presentation, and had the opportunity to dance with the other DOTY nominees at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL at the Magic Kingdom in a showcase tribute to 9/11. She attended Emerson College and was a member of the ECDance Team which performed at the Basketball Hall of Fame. In Boston, she studied at Jeanette Neil Dance Studio and regularly traveled to NYC to study at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She taught tap, hip-hop, and children's classes for Joanne Langione Dance Center, Leventhal-Sidman Community Center, and On the Barre Dance Studio. She returned to Maine to accept a position at TNT Dance Studio in Fairfield in 2006, and also taught for Bradley's School of Dance in Skowhegan, Bridget's School of Dance in Bethel, and more recently, was briefly the Dance Director at Studio 48 in Brunswick. She served as co-director, Principal Dancer, and founding member of Resurgence Dance Company before welcoming her son. She has also occasionally studied at Elizabeth Drucker’s Ballet School, Maine State Ballet, Portland School of Ballet, and Casco Bay Movers. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and has completed dance teacher training programs with MusicWorks. She has a love for the stage and has appeared in Cinderella (Townsperson), Anything Goes (Charity), CanCan (Can Can Dancer), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Potiphar’s Wife, GoGo Dancer, Egyptian Dancer), Fame Forever: Reunion and Rebirth - US Premiere Workshop (Chantelle), Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl 1), 42nd Street (Phyllis Dale). In her training, she has attended frequent workshops, intensives, and regular classes with industry professionals and masters including Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Debbi Dee, and Dianne Walker, amongst many others. She is a proud mom and aunt, and loves bringing passion for rhythm and musicality to the MoCo family!