Elizabeth Stich holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah; a BA degree from the University of Georgia with a minor in Dance Education; and certification in Laban Movement Analysis through Integrated Movement Studies. She is also a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts Professional Training Program. Ms. Stich has performed professionally in San Francisco with Company Chaddick and Kirsten E. Williams’ Strong Current Dance Company and as an aerialist in shows such as Cirque de la Mer (Sea World San Diego, CA) and All Wheel Sports Extreme! (Kings Dominion Theme Park, VA). She has presented her choreographic work in the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Festival, as an artist-in-residence for the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, as a guest choreographer for the Chattanooga Ballet, and in collaboration with classical Indian dance company ChitraKaavya Dance, among others. Her research focuses on somatics and aerial dance, specifically on the application of these practices to dance performance, pedagogy, and curriculum development. Ms. Stich has presented at the NDEO conference on aerial dance in higher education curriculum and at the Motus Humanus creative roundtable on the use of Laban theory to enhance expression in aerial dance performance. As full-time faculty at Dixie State University, she teaches technique and theory courses, specializing in Modern Dance technique and Dance Kinesiology, and works with the DSU Dance Company.