Elayna Waxse

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waxse001@umn.edu


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Elayna Waxse is a Twin Cities-based performer, dance educator, and choreographer who hails from Overland Park, Kansas. She received her early dance training with Alecia Good-Boresow and at the Kansas City Ballet School, spending summers at the School of American Ballet in New York City. At the age of sixteen she was invited to Seattle to study in the Professional Division program at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, where she frequently performed with the company.

Waxse's professional ballet career began with Minnesota Dance Theatre and Colorado Ballet before venturing into contemporary dance with Black Label Movement, BodyCartography Project, and TU Dance. Over the course of her career she has performed a wide range of movement styles by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Greg Dolbashian, Stephanie Batten-Bland, Dwight Rhoden, George Balanchine, Loyce Houlton, Carl Flink, Francesca Harper, and Katrin Hall among many others. In the summer of 2014 she was selected to perform with Cie. Ismael Ivo e Grupo Biblioteca do Corpo at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival as well as in São Paulo, Brazil. Waxse is a 2019 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Dancers.

In addition to performing, Waxse’s choreographic work has been supported by Minnesota Dance Theatre, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists, Threads Dance Project, Ballet Minnesota’s MN Dance Festival, The School at TU Dance Center, Zenon Dance Zone, Bryant Lake Bowl 9x22, Detroit Dance Race, Public Functionary, and Future Interstates.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: University of Minnesota: .

Specialties

  • Contemporary Dance
  • Ballet
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • TU Dance: 2012-2019:
  • BodyCartography Project: 2015:
  • Cie. Ismael Ivo e Grupo Biblioteca do Corpo: 2014:
  • Black Label Movement: 2012:
  • Colorado Ballet Studio Company: 2008-2009:
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre: 2006-2008, 2009:
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division: 2004-2006:
Awards
  • McKnight Dancer Fellowship, 2019