Elisabeth Rainer is a strong, dynamic, and passionate teacher. Originally trained in the Cecchetti method of classical ballet, she eventually branched into jazz, contemporary, and modern dance styles while maintaining a strong technical foundation that carries through in her dancing, teaching, and choreography.
Elisabeth’s performance career has and continues to bring her around the world, performing with companies such as LiNK! the Movement and Cirque le Masque. She has worked with notable choreographer Toni Basil, was Dance Captain for The Legendary Project at El Museo del Barrio featuring the choreography of Ferdinand de Jesus, and has been seen as a performer and Dance Captain in several industrials for Grand Central Marketing. Elisabeth has contributed for articles in both Dance and Dance Teacher magazine, as well as the Japanese magazine Nikkei Woman.
As a teacher, Elisabeth invariably supports the success of each student by challenging them to go beyond what they think is possible, to find themselves at their highest possible level. She stresses technique and alignment, while working on both building strength and increasing flexibility. Elisabeth’s choreography focuses on finding balance and line, and then discovering how far from that center the body can go. A blend of contemporary, modern, classic and commercial jazz, Elisabeth’s choreography always challenges the dancer physically and mentally, while providing a safe and fun environment to learn.
A certified Vinyasa yoga teacher (RYT), Elisabeth’s studies of yoga and anatomy carry over into her dance teaching, and elements of yoga can be found throughout her classes. Elisabeth has taught as far away as Ghana, West Africa, and currently teaches jazz and yoga throughout the New York City area. She can also be found teaching master classes throughout the US with the NYC Performing Arts Collective.