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Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish (Modern Dancer)

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Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish with Andre Tyson in "Revelations" during her years with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Elizabeth Roxas was born in Manila and became the youngest member of Ballet Philippines. After receiving scholarships to Joffrey, Graham and The Ailey School, she 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. She was the first Filipina ever to dance with that Company. The New York Times described her as "a cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm." While dancing, Roxas worked with many of the most significant choreographers, including, Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Jerome Robbins, Talley Beatty, Ear Lubavitch, John Butler, Ulysses Dove and Judith Jamison. Roxas performed in the Emmy award-winning PBS specials "Two by Dove" and Judith Jamison's "A Hynm 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, Roxas was asked to perform on Broadway in The King and I as Eliza and went back to concert dancing and made several guest appearances in the United States and abroad as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has worked with Anna Deveare Smith at the Graduate School of New York University and was Movement Coordinator for Ms. Smith's last show "Let Me Down Easy" and has choreographed in regional theaters and off Broadway. She has taught at Tisch School of the Arts through CAP21 and was guest faculty at Harvard University in 2010. She is 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.
She is married to Robert Z. Dobrish, a prominent matrimonial attorney in Manhattan.
Source:  Ailey School Bio

Photo by Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, 55, a former member of the Ailey company, rehearsing "Revelations" with Jamar Roberts, a current dancer. She and other alumni performed on New Year's Eve 2013.

Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, 55 year old Alvin Ailey School Dance teacher and former Alvin Ailey dancer, began experiencing hip pain while teaching a class. The pain increased and began to interfere with her teaching ability. She was referred by a fellow dance teacher to see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip pain at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Edwin Su understood how important dance was to Elizabeth and decided a total hip replacement would be her best option. Now Elizabeth is back in the game, dancing and teaching in time for a new performance season, with special thanks to Dr. Su.
source: Hospital for Special Surgery
NY Times Article:
With Willing Spirit, a Reprise for Ailey Dancers link to article
Dancer is Back in the Groove After Hip Surgery
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BY Natalia V. Osipova published Dec. 24, 2013