Liz Kraft is the Artistic Director and Founder of Oklahoma City Dance Centre. She is a native of the Northern Virginia/Washington DC metropolitan area. She trained with some of the most renowned teachers and ballet schools on the East Coast. She spent 10 years under the direction of Robin Conrad Sturm and Robert Sturm at the Northern Virginia Dance Academy. Her professional training also included American Ballet Theatre, The Washington School of Ballet, The Russell School of Ballet, full-scholarship at the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana, and Ballet Magnificat.
While living in the Washington metropolitan area she danced for five years with the Asaph Dance Ensemble, a professional dance company. The Asaph Dance Ensemble performed in the District of Columbia at The Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the Lisner Auditorium, and other venues in the DC metropolitan area. She also danced with Ballet Magnificat, another professional dance company, from 2006-2009. In 2007, she was one of three Ballet Magnificat dancers selected to choreograph and perform in the live PBS filming of John Tesh’s show, "Alive." Liz danced with Arrows International in Costa Rica and Guatemala. She has also danced internationally in New Zealand, Africa, and London, England.
Liz has taught dance for over 12 years in Virginia, Mississippi and Oklahoma. In 2009, Liz moved to Oklahoma City, where she taught classical ballet in Edmond for 6 years. In 2012, she founded a ballet Summer intensive, setting excerpts from Swan Lake for the final performance. In 2013, Liz set the ballet Coppelia, and in 2014, the full-length ballets Cinderella and Peter and the Wolf. For OKC Dance Centre's inaugural year, Liz set an original full-length version of Peter Pan. Most recently, Liz set The Sleeping Beauty on the students of OKC Dance Centre.
Liz's ongoing commitment to excellence in dance will impact the Oklahoma City community through the students and performances of Oklahoma City Dance Centre.
"Elizabeth Kraft received the finest of training as a student., and with her talent, she used this training to hone her technique to become a dancer of astounding and expressive artistry. As Ms. Kraft transitioned into teaching, she learned to call upon her training and experience to enthusiastically impart all of it to her students. Ms. Kraft’s studio is one that will create dancers who are not only true artists, but artists of integrity. Whether her students desire to turn their training into professional careers or not, Ms. Kraft’s training will get each student ready to face the world with confidence, strength of character, ambition, and inspiration."
Robin Conrad Sturm
Artistic Director of Northern Virginia Dance Academy and the Asaph Dance Ensemble