Elizabeth Roxas, a former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre — whom The New York Times once called the “cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm” — leads a master class with dance students in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences earlier this month. Roxas, now a faculty member with The Ailey School, was on campus with fellow Ailey alumnus Sylvia Waters as part of the Alvin Ailey Legacy Residency.
Waters, also a former principal dancer, was founding diretor of Ailey II and led the troupe for 38 years.In addition to leading lectures and classes, Roxas and Waters worked with students to set sections from some of Ailey’s iconic dances. These will be performed later this semester as part of Rootedness, Mobility and Migration, the 2012 Washington University Dance Theatre Concert.
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photo Services.