Elizabeth Moody Smith was adopted from Seoul, Korea. She considers her hometown to be Greenville, AL but has lived all over the state. She began taking dance at the age of 5 and has studied ballet with the Alabama Ballet, Birmingham Southern Conservatory of Dance, Montgomery Ballet, Andalusia Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. She attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts where she trained extensively in ballet. She graduated from McKenzie High School as Valedictorian of her class. She received her BA in Business Administration with a minor in Business Management from the University of West Alabama where she was President of Phi Mu social sorority Kappa Xi Chapter, Miss University of West Alabama and later went on and competed in Miss Alabama where she promoted her platform on Adoption. She married her high school sweetheart, Chris, in 1997. In 2003 she opened Calera Dance Academy where she was the executive director/owner for 10 years. She and her husband welcomed their son, Branson, in 2005 and their daughter, Berkeley, in 2009. Her family has resided in Columbiana since 2007.
In 2016 Elizabeth began working with the City of Columbiana where she serves as the Marketing Director and Executive Assistant to the Mayor. Her goal as Marketing Director is to make as many people aware of what Columbiana has to offer. From the fantastic Shelby County Arts Council, to the neat shopping, museums, winery, 4-H center, Lay Lake and let’s not forget our own Trolley to take us wherever we want to go. The Arts have been such a huge part of Elizabeth’s life from the age of 5 years and she is thrilled to be a part of the Shelby County Arts Council and serve on the board.