Elizabeth Painter is a PhD candidate in Ethnochoreopology. In 2012 she completed a Masters in Ethnochoreology at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her research interests include Cuban social and folkloric dances and their embodiment of cultural identity. Elizabeth also holds an MBA in International Finance from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in Arizona. She is a member of the salsa performance group Mi Salsa es Su Salsa.