A Los Angeles native, Elizabeth Ipiña has been dancing since she can remember. Her training began with ballet, jazz and modern, which she studied at a young age, along with artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.
As a teen, Elizabeth achieved the honor of becoming a three-time member of the U.S. National Rhythmic Gymnastics team, and represented the United States in several international competitions including two World Championships, and the Goodwill Games. During this time, she trained, performed and competed in Japan, Taiwan, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, Hungary, Monaco, and Germany. She participated in the first Olympic Trials for Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1984, and later went on to coach and choreograph for other national level gymnasts.
As a college student at UCLA, Elizabeth majored in World Arts and Cultures with a Dance concentration. There she explored dance styles from other cultures including India, Africa, and Brazil. She also spent a summer in Cuba studying Afro-Cuban folkloric and social dance. Upon return, she became a member of Umbalaye, an Afro-Cuban music and dance group that performed in parades and festivals in and around the Los Angeles area.
Although she had always been drawn to the soulful movement of flamenco, it was until a year abroad studying in Spain that Elizabeth fell in love with the art form. She began her studies in 2010 with Celina Zambon, and soon became a member of the CZ Flamenco Dance Company. As a member of this company, she performed in both festivals and theaters, including the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara as part of the original production of Flamenco Loves Tango, as well as Los Angeles del Flamenco at the Morgan Wixson in Santa Monica. Over the years she has studied and collaborated with a variety of flamenco dancers and musicians such as Briseyda Zarate, Katerina Tomás, Linda Vega, Kai Narezco, Gerardo Morales, and Alexandra Rozo.
Being a part of Pasión Flamenca de Los Angeles brings Elizabeth great joy, vitality, and a place to express her inner spirit. She most enjoys dancing with mantón (the shawl) because it gives her a sense of having the wings of a dove.
A mother of two, and a full time teacher of 20 years, Elizabeth brings a variety of life experience and style to her dance, and is grateful for the opportunity to share the joy of movement with those around her.