Elizabeth Roxas

Born in Manila, Roxas became the youngest member of Ballet Philippines. Recipient of scholarships to Joffrey, Graham, and The Ailey School. Danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ohad Naharin, and Joyce Trisler Dance Company before joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was a principal dancer from 1984-1997 and the first Filipina to dance with that company; described as “a cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm” by The New York Times. Worked with significant choreographers, including Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Jerome Robbins, Talley Beatty, Lar Lubavitch, John Butler, Ulysses Dove, and Judith Jamison. Performed in the Emmy Award-winning PBS special, Two by Dove, and Judith Jamison’s A Hymn for Alvin Ailey, among others; featured in a 1997 Dance Magazine cover article and named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian-Americans. Performed on Broadway as Eliza in The King and I, returned to concert dancing, and made several guest appearances in the United States and abroad, as well as at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Worked with Anna Deveare Smith at the Graduate School of New York University and was Movement Coordinator for her last show, Let Me Down Easy; choreographed in regional theatres and Off Broadway. Taught at Tisch School of the Arts through CAP21 and was a guest faculty member at Harvard University in 2010. Involved on an ongoing basis in restaging ballets of Alvin Ailey works and is an integral part of the Ailey legacy. At the Ailey School, as part of the faculty, she has taught the Actor’s Studio Class and regularly teaches the Horton Technique. SLC, 2014–