Doug Elkins

Choreography, Modern Technique

Doug Elkins is a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellow and a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer. He began his dance career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break-dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, among others.

Elkins is a recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, Jerome Foundation, Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation, Dance Magazine Foundation, Metropolitan Life/American Dance Festival, Hartford Foundation, Arts International, Greenwall Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. 

In 1994, Elkins received a Brandeis University Creative Arts Medal, sharing the stage with author Philip Roth and photographer Nan Goldin. In 2006, he was honored in New York City by the Martha Hill Award for Career Achievement; in 2010, he was honored in Boston with an Elliot Norton Award for Choreography (for Doug Elkins and Friends’ Fräulein Maria, a loving deconstruction of The Sound of Music). 

He has taught and choreographed extensively in the United States and Europe and has created original work for Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, Flying Karamazov Brothers, MaggioDanza, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Union Dance and CanDoCo of London, as well as a number of university dance companies and the renowned Mini and 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, Barbara Karger and Michael Preston (including Fräulein Maria), Anne Kauffman, Arin Arbus, Adam Guettel, and Janos Szasz. A graduate of SUNY/Purchase, he received his MFA in dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival in 2007.

Elkins has worked as a K-12 dance educator in New York City. His tenure at the Beacon High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is the subject of Where the Dance Is, a short film by Marta Renzi.

Meet Doug Elkins.