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dance studio founder quality dance and ballet instruction Elizabeth Evans

1924 - 2015

Dear Friends:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved founder Mrs. Elizabeth Evans, who died peacefully in her sleep Thursday afternoon, April 9, 2015. She was a remarkable person who impacted the lives of thousands of people in the community since opening our studio in 1956. We thank you for your prayers and your overwhelming show of love and support." - Debbi and Family


Founder, Northampton Dance Studios / The Dance Center; Tidewater Dance Theater Inc.

Mrs. Evans received her early training in the Dance Arts at the Hutchinson Schoool in Richmond, Va. After a brief teaching period for the Professional Arts Academy there, she moved to Florida where she owned and directed studios for over 5 years. Moving to California, she did intensive study with Lew and Harold Christensen of the San Francisco Ballet.

Mrs. Evans established the first U.S. Army sponsored dance school in Okinawa in 1949. In the 1950's she accompanied her husband, a military officer, to both France and Germany and was able to continue her study of ballet in Roanne and Rochfort, France and Meinheim, Germany. Upon her return to the states in 1954, she established Northampton Dance Studios on the Peninsula.

Mrs. Evans has been a member of the Professional Dance Teachers of America and the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists and numerous other professional organizations over the years. She founded the Tidewater Dance Theater, Inc., a state chartered regional non-profit dance company in 1973. She has produced numerous shows and pageants to include the Hampton Roads Junior Miss Scholarship Program for over 35 years.

Mrs. Evans was a charter member of the Hampton Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Organization and served as President of three chapters on the Peninsula. She was named Woman of the Year in 1976 by the Hampton Charter Chapter.

Mrs. Evans was a member of the Eastern Star, the DAR and numerous genealogy affiliated groups since her hobby was genealogy. She is the author of The Genealogy of the John Ash Family of Wiltshire, England 1634 - 2007.

Debbi & Elizabeth, December 2014