Born and raised in the Chicago area, Elizabeth Spatz began her study of dance at the Ruth Page Foundation with Larry Long and the Chicago City Ballet with Maria Tallchief. Upon graduating from Columbia College Chicago where she studied both arts management and dance, she relocated to New York City and danced with Dura Mater, Joanna Mendl Shaw and Randy James Dance Works (RJDW). As a founding member of RJDW she performed with the company for nine years eventually assuming the roles of rehearsal director and associate director. As an educator, she has taught nationally and internationally at festivals, colleges and universities including Roger Williams University, Queensborough Community College, the University of Washington, Montgomery College and Northern Virginia Community College. Her choreography has been presented at Roger Williams University, Queensborough Community College and the University of Washington. Elizabeth completed her M.F.A. in Dance at the University of Washington in Seattle.