Liz Venini began her dance at the age of 12 after moving from Michigan to Virginia. She was a figure skater up until her family moved here in 1981. Upset her figure skating seemed to be over she by chance stepped into her first dance class with Mary Hemmingway Monroe where she soon realized this was going to be her life. At the age of 15 she was cast in a 6 month run of Virginia theaters “West Side Story” and her professional career began. Since then she has performed in shows locally at the Swift Creek Theater, Byrd Theater and several years at Kings Dominion. She discovered her teaching ability at the age of 18 when she was asked to fill in for an instructor who couldn’t continue. There her tremendous passion for teaching began.
In 1991 she lived and danced in Washington DC with DuPont Alley Dance Company, JOM dance crew and on off seasons danced in commercials and industrials. She continued her teaching when she wasn’t in the studio herself training and rehearsing. In 1995 she moved back to the Richmond area and married her husband. She was requested in 1997 to perform in her last show “Retro Active” at the Paramount Theater for academy award choreographer Barry Lather. The following year she opened Chesterfield Dance Center. She owned and ran the studio until 2007 when she sold it as her twin girls were beginning school. Liz has been a part of the dance community here in Richmond for almost 30 years and is known for her love of dance that fills her class with energy. You can find her at Cosby High School as she is the choreographer for all the musicals since they opened. Liz is known for her high energy and tremendous passion she brings to all her classes. She has trained with many great even iconic teachers through her years and their influence has made Liz a force herself. Always thanking God for this gift of dance and of course her beautiful twin girls Allie and Beth and husband Chas. Liz is excited to bring her experience to the students at MKSD.