Assistant to Judith Jamison • July 9-15
2012 School Programs
Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish was born in Manila and became the youngest memberof Ballet Philippines. After receiving scholarships to Joffrey, Graham, and The Ailey School, she danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Joyce Trisler Danscompany before joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she was a principal dancer from 1984-1997. She performed in the Emmy Award-winning PBS specials Two by Dove and Judith Jamison's A Hymn for Alvin Ailey among others, and was featured in a 1997 Dance Magazine cover article and named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian-Americans. After leaving Ailey as a dancer, she performed on Broadway in The King and I and afterward made guest appearances. She has set ballets for Jacob's Pillow, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and the Ailey School where she also teaches the Actors Studio Class. She has taught at the Hartt School, Tisch School of the Arts(Cap21), and at Harvard University. She was Anna Deavere Smith's movement coordinator in her most recent production Let Me Down Easy and has taught with Ms. Smith for NYU graduate students. Roxas-Dobrish is currently on the faculty of the Ailey School.