Jacquelyn Elder headshot

Jacquelyn Elder was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company from 2005 to 2012, through which she fulfilled her childhood dream of dancing some of Martha Graham’s iconic solos. Currently, she is performing with Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard’s Maps and Noisy Channels, Maud Le Pladec’s 27 Perspectives, Boris Charmatz’s XX Dancers for the XX Century and Olivier Dubois’ Tragedie, as well as Vincent Thomassett’s Carrousel, which premiered in May 2019. 

Throughout the years, she has worked with artists such as Robert Wilson, Eleanor Bauer, Aszure Barton, Rachid Ouramdane, Michael Helland, Larry Keigwin, Kate Weare, Gus Giordano and visual artist Fabrice Samyn. Elder has taught workshops and master classes at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York; Hellerau, Dresden, Germany; DansenHus, Oslo, Norway; Ballet Du Nord/CCN, Lille, France; Le Gymnase, Roubaix, France; The Martha Graham School, New York; Alvin Ailey/Fordham University, New York; The Joffrey Ballet School, New York; and Oxbridge Academy, Palm Beach, Florida, as well as at the Biennale de la Danse, Lyon, France. During her five-year residence in Brussels, Belgium, Jacquelyn founded The Cold Press, an organic cold-pressed juice company, which allowed her to explore her interest in the healing power of food. The Cold Press’ research eventually culminated in a performance titled “Drinking Juice with Jackie,” which was a part of R.E.C.E.S.S. (Ritual.Experience.Concept.Event.Spa.Show) with Michael Helland at ZSenne Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2017. Elder is excited by macrobiotic cuisine, foraging, minimalist composers and the cosmos. She is currently directing a documentary on the Martha Graham Dance Company titled A Highwire of Circumstance.