Choreographer Doug Elkins is a highly respected, long time member of the New York City dance community. He is largely credited with being the first choreographer to successfully blend street dance and martial arts with the more traditional movements of ballet and modern dance.
Doug Elkins Dance Company was founded in 1988. It performed nationally and internationally for fifteen years before disbanding in 2003. Elkins is a recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards from the NEA and many foundations. In September 2008, Elkins received his second BESSIE AWARD for his performance in Fräulein Maria.
He has taught and choreographed extensively in the U.S. and Europe and has created original work for Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, Flying Karamazov Brothers, Pennsylvania Ballet, and CanDoCo of London, among others. His theater work includes collaborations with Philip Glass and Robert Woodruff.
Elkins’ acclaimed production of Fraulein Maria debuted at NYC Public Theatre in 2006. Fraulein Maria toured nationally in 2009-2010 at such prestigious venues as The American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Annenberg Center, Dance Theatre Workshop and Montclair State University.
Doug Elkins Dance Company was in residence at SUMMERDANCE 1998, 1999 and 2003, establishing strong ties within the Santa Barbara community.
Elkins choreography is noted for its fluency and wit. Joan Acocella, theater and dance critic for the New Yorker, has said, “Each dance is a jewel of choreographic invention and comic subtlety.”
Elkins’ company has enjoyed a one-month creative residency (February 22-March 19, 2011) at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California resulting in the creation of Mo(or)town/Redux, his first new work since 2006.
DANCEworks 2011 – Meet the Dancers
DANCEworks 2011 – Doug Elkins Day 1
DANCEworks 2011 – Doug Elkins Day 8
DANCEworks 2011 – Doug Elkins Day 21
DANCEworks 2011 – Doug Elkins Flash Mob Day 2
DANCEworks 2011 – Doug Elkins Flash Mob!
DANCEworks 2011 – Doug Elkins Flashmob Day 1