Liz Maxwell, MFA, CLMA, RSME is Associate Professor of Dance at Chapman University specializing in teaching somatic disciplines, modern dance techniques, dance history, and choreography. She received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School of Music. There, she worked with such leading figures as Hanya Holm, Paul Taylor, Daniel Lewis, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Alfredo Corvino, Anna Sokolow, and Martha Hill. Upon graduation she continued her performance studies in New York with Dan Wagoner, Jocelyn Lorenz, Alfredo Corvino, Irene Hultman, Vicky Shick, Merce Cunningham, Mel Wong, and Maggie Black. As a performer, Liz focused on concert dance in New York and performed and toured in the companies of Laura Dean, Lucinda Childs, Donald Byrd, Ton Simons, and Kenneth Rinker, traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. While in New York she also performed with Neil Greenberg, Elisa Monte, Bill Young, and in Trisha Brown’s first apprentice group. She has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New York State Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop, American Dance Festival, Aaron Davis Hall, and in the televised performance of “Dancing in the Streets” at Grand Central Station. Liz’s professional work has included serving as a reconstructor of Laura Dean’s work and in researching trends in dance pedagogy as it relates to the preservation and relevance of dance repertory in the university setting.
Liz went on to earn her MFA in Dance at the University of Washington’s unique “returning professional” program where she honed an interest in dance aesthetics. While attending UW, she was a member of the “Chamber Dance Ensemble,” a company dedicated to the preservation and reconstruction of historically significant dance works, and she performed in seminal works by Isadora Duncan, Danny Buraczeski, Louis Falco, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, and Zvi Gotheiner. Since moving to California, Liz has performed with Pacific Dance Ensemble, Trip Dance Theatre, The Yorke Dance Project, Ruth Barnes and Dancers, bodytalkdance, the Joe Goode Performance Group, and the CalArts Dance Ensemble. Liz has taught throughout Southern California at CalArts, Loyola Marymount University, CalPoly-Pomona, Rio Hondo College, UC-Riverside, California State University-Long Beach, Scripps College, and Pomona College. Her choreography has been presented in California by The Downtown Playhouse, The Fountain Theatre, LACE, The LA Edge Festival, Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, The Shoshana Wayne Gallery, as well as many college dance programs. In addition, she is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, through Integrated Movement Studies, and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Current research projects include papers, workshops, and performances presented at Motus Humanus in Minnesota, American College Dance Festival in North Carolina, National Dance Education Organization in Maryland and Minnesota, and the Eastwest Somatic Network in New York. In addition, she traveled to Slovakia to present a paper on the work of Rudolf Laban titled “University Dance and the De-Construction of a Modern Dance Language.” She lives in Altadena, CA with her two teen-aged boys.