Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as the first”Filipina”, where she was a principal dancer from 1984-1997. New York Times described her as a “cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm”. She worked with some of the most significant choreographers of the era. Roxas performed in the Emmy Award winning PBS specials “Two by Dove” and “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey”. She was also featured in Dance Magazine cover article and named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 influential Asian-Americans.
Since then, She has been asked to performed on broadway and several times as a guest artist at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and with other companies.
She has taught at a number of institutions including Harvard and Sara Lawrence and was Anna Deveare Smith’s movement coordinator. She is currently in the faculty of the Horton Dept. at the Ailey School. Roxas has been commissioned to choreograph in Beijing, Cuba, Paris and the Philippines. Her works have been performed in Bryant Park, Saratoga NY, Ailey Citigroup and Marymount Manhattan College. For the past two years, she has worked with Marymount students as both a teacher and choreographer and thanks Katie Langan for the opportunity. She is married to Robert Z. Dobrish a prominent matrimonial attorney in Manhattan.