Liz Schmidt has served as artistic director of Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield, Michigan for the past 15 years. During her tenure, her pre-professional training program has grown to the honorable status of “Top 20 Studios” in North America as named by Dance Spirit magazine in 2011. One year later this achievement was followed by Liz ‘s selection as Dance Teacher magazine’s 2012 Dance Teacher of the Year award. Liz was also a 2012 and 2013 finalist in the Capezio ACE Awards for choreographic excellence and was named by Wayne State University as the 2012-13 recipient of the Arts Achievement Award in dance. Since receiving her Bachelor of Science in dance from Wayne State University in 2004, Liz has served on faculty at Wayne State University and University of Michigan. Liz joined the Dance SESSIONS as faculty in 2007 and has enjoyed guest teaching positions at many studios throughout the United States and Canada.