Liz London opened the MidSouth World Dance Center in June 2010 with the initial intent to provide a home for global dancers in the MidSouth. Her bellydance company, Memphis Raqs Bellydance, had outgrown its previous space. Liz created Memphis Raqs in 2006 with the goal of promoting the joy of tribal style bellydance in the Midsouth. "By carrying on the dance traditions of those who walked before us, I hope to not only further my own dancing skills and knowledge, but to help other women discover the enjoyment and passion that this dance has brought to my life and the lives of so many others around the world throughout the ages."
Liz started dancing young, taking classical jazz, tap and ballet through elementary and middle school, and then moved on to hip hop and modern dance in high school. She didn't find bellydance until college under the tutelage of Juli Downum (formerly with Dandasha of Chattanooga, currently with Urban Tribal of San Diego). She continues her training constantly, having taken workshops with Mira Betz, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Megha, Jillina, Rachel Lazarus-Soto, Jill Parker, Frank Farinaro, Amy Sigil and Heather Stants.
Memphis Raqs Bellydance is the top bellydance company in the MidSouth, having won the title of "Best in Cultural Dance" in 2011, and operating an average of 15 classes per week in Memphis, Blytheville, Tupelo, and Jackson. In addition to running the day to day activities of the studio, Liz teaches several classes per week, as well as performs regularly with Memphis Raqs Bellydance around the city.