Doug Elkins started his dance career as a B-boy with groups including the Royal Rockers and Magnificent Force. He was a member of the Vogue house House of Ninja, and active in New York Cityâ€™s hip hop club scene before finding his way to the post-modern scene where he danced with artists such as Yoshika Chuma, Marta Renzi, and Monica Levy and apprenticed with Bill T. Jones and Elizabeth Streb. In 1988, he officially founded the Doug Elkins Dance Company with Lisa Nicks, Jane Weiner, and Ben Munisteri, which performed nationally and internationally for fifteen years before disbanding in 2004. Doug is a recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards from the NEA, National Performance Network, Jerome Foundation, Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation, Dance Magazine Foundation, Metropolitan Life/American Dance Festival, Hartford Foundation, Arts International, The Greenwall Foundation, and The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. In 1994, he was honored with a Brandeis University Creative Arts Medal, sharing the stage with author Philip Roth and photographer Nan Goldin. In 2006, he was presented with the Martha Hill Award for Career Achievement in New York City; in April 2011 in Boston, he received an Elliot Norton Award for Best Choreography (for FrĂ¤ulein Maria). He is a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.
Doug has taught and choreographed extensively in the US and Europe and has created original work for Israelâ€™s Batsheva Dance Company, Flying Karamazov Brothers, MaggioDanza, Pennsylvania Ballet, Union Dance and CanDoCo of London, as well as a number of university dance companies and the renowned Mini & Maxi of Holland. His theater work includes collaborations with Joanne Akalaitis and Philip Glass, Robert Woodruff, Pavel Dubrusky, Annie Hamburger, Molly Smith, Craig Lucas, David Henry Hwang, Michael Preston and Barbara Karger, Anne Kauffman, and Arin Arbus. A graduate of SUNY/Purchase, he received his MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF in 2007.
headshot photos by Christopher Duggan