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Liz Tookey


Originally from Edmonton, Liz Tookey was a competitive dancer at the renowned Shelley’s Dance Company where she trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap and musical theatre from the age of 5.

Her professional career has allowed her to travel all over the world. She began with Princess Cruises as a featured dancer, and she travelled to Tokyo, Japan where she was part of the featured pas de deux couple in “Encore!” at Tokyo Disney Sea. She also went to Egypt and Israel under Big Fish Management to perform alongside Lisa Brokop for an inspiring show tour for the Canadian military.

Liz was able to exercise all of her skills in dancing, acting and singing when the love of the stage drew her to the world of musical theatre. Throughout her career she got to play a wide variety of characters. In Theatre Calgary’s production of “Anne of Green Gables” she played Gertie Pye, she played a flashy chorus girl in The Arts Club production of “Spamalot”, and in a dream come true performance in the North American Premiere / Toronto Mirvish production of “Dirty Dancing” she performed as ensemble and 1st “Baby” understudy. After an 18 month run Liz went on to play the role of “Baby” 52 times!

Liz can be seen on various episodes of the CW Network’s “Hellcats” as a featured dancer, and as Ashley Tisdale’s dance double. She was also Maggie Lawson’s dance double in the musical episode of “Psych”, and a featured dancer in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”, Nickelodeon’s “Jinxed” and the upcoming feature film The Layover directed by William H. Macy.

Transitioning to the world of choreography, Liz began by assisting Canadian choreographer Stacey Tookey on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She was also part of the creative team for ‘Reefer Madness” where she helped create dance sequences for the film.

Liz’s choreography can most recently be seen on Super Channel’s “When Calls the Heart”, and recently was the personal dance coach for award winning actor Domhnall Gleeson for the feature film Crash Pad. Other credits include choreographing and directing the Czech Republic fashion show for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and choreographing the opening number for the Times of India International Film Awards in Vancouver.
Liz loves to share her passion for what she does with pre-professional and professional dancers across Canada via master classes, adjudicating and setting choreography. She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre, and for Groove Street Productions and MOVE Dance Conventions.