Liza grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she began dancing at the age of 5, primarily trained in classical ballet at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre, as well as dabbling in modern and contemporary. She has also been fortunate enough to study Russian folk dance with Vladimir Ryazantsev, former soloist of the Moiseyev Dance Company. She continued dancing in college while attending UC Berkeley, participating in Jazz Dance Company and Ballet Company at Berkeley. After moving to Boston for her graduate studies, Liza has been glad to explore the local dance scene and expand her range of dance styles. Liza is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where she is researching magnetic materials. She is honored to participate in the 30th anniversary season and is extremely excited for the upcoming performances! Liza joined 40 Steps Dance in Fall 2021.