Elizabeth Gillaspy

Professor and Director
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall 209

e.a.gillaspy@tcu.edu | 817-257-7615

Education

MFA, Ballet, Texas Christian University
BBA, Texas Tech University
Texas State Teacher Certification 6-12, Lifetime

Courses Taught

All Levels of Ballet Technique
Pointe
Variations
Ballet Teaching Methods
Choreography II and III
Choreography IV – Capstone
Career Preparation I
Junior Honors Research
Seniors Honors Research
Intermediate Ballet for Non-majors

Creative Activity/Choreographic Research

Elizabeth Gillaspy is an active contemporary ballet choreographer whose ballets have been performed in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria, France and throughout the USA.  Her choreography has premiered in various New York City venues: Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York Live Arts, and TriBeca Arts Center, and internationally at Dance Gala Hiroshima, Korean Dance Festival (Seoul), Moderen Theater (Sofia), and Centre National de la Danse (Paris).  Her original ballets also premiered with the Orlando Ballet under the direction of the late Fernando Bujones.  Critics have noted her work as “skillfully structured” and “poetic”, and in 2010 she launched her project-based company, Nymbal new ballet for creation and performance of contemporary ballet choreography.

Additional Research:

Ballet as a Somatic Practice (Pedagogy and Performance)

Bodyspheres ball work

Choreographic investigation in ballet technique class

Women ballet choreographers in the 21st century

  • CORPS de Ballet International, Inc. Outstanding Service Award – 2017
  • Dance Council of North Texas, Larry White Award for Teaching Excellence – 2016
  • Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, nominated for the 2013 and 2015 TAHPERD Honor Award
  • Named as “a person on our campus who builds community” as listed in the TCU Skiff on March 13, 2012
  • September 2011 – Wassenich Award nomination; TCU’s most prestigious mentoring award
  • Finalist, Dance Teacher Magazine, Outstanding Dance Teacher in Higher Education 2008
  • Texas Christian University, 2007 Deans’ Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • Texas Christian University, College of Fine Arts Nominee for the Deans’ Teaching Award, 2007
  • National Dance Association – National College/University Dance Educator of the Year for 2006. Awarded in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (representing 13 states from Texas to Virginia) – District College/University Dance Educator of the Year for 2006. Awarded in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance – Texas College/University Dance Educator of the Year for 2006. Awarded in Corpus Christi, TX
  • Preferred Professor – TCU Ampersand Chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society – 2005
  • Numerous Senior Appreciation/Legacy recognitions 1999-2014

Texas State Teacher Certification – Dance 6-12

CORPS de Ballet International, Inc. – President (2008-2010)

Multiple state and national committees/boards for CORPS de Ballet International and Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Past-president, CORPS de Ballet International (2008-2010)

Board of Directors, CORPS de Ballet International (2003-2012*)

Multiple CORPS committees and service projects 2002-current

Multiple state committees and boards for Texas Association of Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD)