Assistant Director of Sparklers/Instructor/Choreographer
Elizabeth Hayes was born and raised in Pittsburg, KS. She grew up dancing at the Y Academy of Dance and joined their competitive team in sixth grade. Alongside dance, in middle school she also performed with a local singing, dancing and acting group that did multiple community performances and a few pre-shows in Branson. She continued performing with theater and dance throughout all of high school at St. Mary’s Colgan. In high school, she choreographed three of her high school’s musicals and her junior and senior year she played the role of captain/choreographer for her high school dance team.
She attended dance competitions for her studio including Talent on Parade, Stage One, V.I.P., and JUMP. During her competitive dance career she won multiple titles for solos, duets, small and large groups including Entertainment and Showmanship awards for solo, 1st place in duets and small groups, and national runner up for large groups. She loves all styles of dance, but her favorites are jazz and musical theater, although she was also trained in ballet, tap, lyrical and contemporary.
By teaching dance from when she was in high school until now, she has experience being a dance instructor for ages 3 years old to high school age. She previously assisted and taught classes at her old studio in Pittsburg before moving to Manhattan. This last summer she worked as a dance instructor for the Universal Dance Association teaching dance camps for high schools in the region. Now she is studying Advertising at Kansas State University with a minor in Dance. She has always had a passion for dance and does it whenever she can. Dance inspires her to push herself artistically, physically, and emotionally. She hopes that she can share this passion with all of the students she teaches.