Elisabeth Motley, Artistic Director
Elisabeth Motley/ Motley Dance has been presenting and performing her own work both nationally and internationally since ’04, and has received grants from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Choreography Award, and was a finalist at the A.W.A.R.D. show, Joyce SoHo. Motley has presented her work at Movement Research; Danspace Project; The Chocolate Factory Theater; Dance Conversations at the Flea; HERE Arts Center; Gibney Dance; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out; The Whitney Museum; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Sitelines and Swing Space; Springboard Danse Montreal; Festival Oltre Passo- Italy; Dance Theater Workshop’s (now NYLA) Fresh Track’s; the Joyce SoHo; Alice Tully Hall; Peter Jay Sharp Theater; Causey Contemporary Gallery; Center for Performance Research; Dance New Amsterdam’s RAW Materials, RAW Directions and Object Series; Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s MAD AIR; and West End Theater among others.
Motley received her BFA from the Juilliard School, and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College, teaching Composition and Improvisation. She has been on faculty at the Juilliard School Summer Dance Intensive for four years, and has been commissioned twice by the school to create works. Motley has been a Guest Artist at Snow College; Bowdoin College; SUNY Purchase College; Lafayette College; Centro Dimensione Danza in Italy; Gibney Dance, and The Playground. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Manhattanville College, and Improvisation Faculty for the Certificate Program at Peridance Center. Motley collaborated with Trisha Brown on a series of structured improvisations from 2010-2013. She has performed Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A for film, and danced with Sue Bernhard, Charlotte Griffin, Pat Catterson and Randy James. Motley is a Certified Pilates Mat and Apparatus Instructor and has been teaching Pilates and exercise privately since 2005, working primarily with an aging population with neurological conditions.