elizabeth auclairElizabeth Auclair was a Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, with whom she danced from 1993 through 2009, performing many of Graham’s signature roles and featured roles in the works of Martha Clarke, Larry Keigwin, Susan Strohman, and Robert Wilson. She has also danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Asian American Dance Alliance, City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong, Dankmeyer Dance, Jean Erdman Dance Company, Keith Lee and Dancers, Labyrinth Dance Theater, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, and Sandra Kaufmann Dance.

Auclair’s film credits include Rhythm of Destiny (1991, Hong Kong), and The Dark Angel (Sasha Spielvogel, 2001, New York).

In 2002 Auclair was named Director for the arts-in-education outreach project, Expression of Emotion Through the Art of Dance, a program created in response to the events of September 11, 2001, in New York City, and designed to give children in highly affected areas access to the expressive possibilities contained within the unique movement language of Martha Graham.

Auclair has served as Associate Director for Graham II (junior company), and as Rehearsal Director for 360 Dance Company, Labyrinth Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and the Pearl Lang Dance Theater. She also spent two seasons as Rehearsal Director touring in Italy with Cercando Picasso, a collaborative stage production based on the life of Picasso, involving the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Rosetti Theater group of Italy, and featuring the renowned Italian actor, Giorgio Albertazzi. Auclair was a founding member of 13 Carat Productions (N.Y.), acting as Assistant Director for dramatic productions (stage and film), and as a dancer in several stage productions.

Auclair has taught at the Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, and the Martha Graham School; she has been an annual guest at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre since 2004, and the Youth Contemporary Ballet of Saskatchewan since 2010. She served as adjunct faculty at Hofstra University (autumn 2010), Marymount Manhattan College (2000-2003 and 2014), and University of the Arts in Philadelphia (autumn 2009). She has taught technique, repertory, and master classes at numerous schools and universities, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Boston Conservatory, CAP 21 Conservatory, Dance St. Louis, Frostburg State University (Maryland), Herbert H. Lehman College, the Joffrey New School, Long Island University (Brooklyn), Motion 41 Dance (Omaha, Nebraska), the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, The Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival (University of Wyoming, Laramie), Taiwan National University of the Arts, University of North Carolina (Greensboro and Charlotte campuses), and the Youth Contemporary Ballet of Saskatchewan. At the Boston Conservatory she has also served as Regisseur setting the Graham ballet Appalachian Spring. Additionally, she has acted as Regisseur setting the Graham ballets Errand into the Maze for the Dutch National Ballet, the Helios section of Acts of Light for University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Lamentation and Primitive Mysteries for University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Maple Leaf Rag for Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Night Journey Chorus for Montclair State University (New Jersey), and Steps in the Street for Hofstra University and for University of North Carolina – Greensboro.

Auclair received her dance training through scholarships at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, where she also completed the teacher training program.

In 2007 she completed the professional training program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City to become a Certified Holistic Health Counselor.