Hodes studied piano in her native Mahwah, New Jersey, commuting to Manhattan
for ballet lessons. At eighteen she went to Spain to study Flamenco dancing,
then to Paris for classes with famed ballet teacher Olga Preobashenska,
and there, for the first time she heard the voice of Edith Piaf.
first professional engagement was with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After
touring Canada—Victoria to Medicine Hat—she returned to the U.S. to
dance, then sing in musical theater. An off-Broadway hit, "Little
Mary Sunshine," was followed by a Broadway flop, "Sophie,"
which ran one week, but where she met her husband Stuart, a hit engagement
that is still on the boards.
Elizabeth created her first one-woman show for a master of music degree
at NYU and continues to create shows that draw from her life. A child
of parents who emigrated from Germany after World War One, she was moved
by the music of Kurt Weill to create "A Little Weill," and inspired
by the moral courage of Marlene Dietrich to create "Reflecting on
Marlene: an Homage to Marlene Dietrich."
sheer joy of Edith Piaf's singing led to "La Passion de Piaf"
and thanks to a love affair with French language and culture, she also
performs "Two Americans in Paris" with Stuart.
turned to Stuart, a World War II bomber pilot, to help create "The
Sound of Wings: a Drama from the life of Amelia Earhart." And they
tip twin top hats to the dancer who still inspires them both whenever
they perform "Dancing on Air, with Fred Astaire."
also performs regularly in the NYC supper club, Judy's Chelsea, is on
the faculty of the HB Studio in NYC, and teaches voice privately.