Elisa Foshay

Artist • Teaching • Dance •

Elisa Foshay is a Chicago-based dance artist and educator. She earned a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and a MFA in Choreography and K-12 teaching license in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was also a graduate teaching assistant. Elisa fell in love with dance while participating in competitive ballroom dancing in her teens, continuing to compete throughout her undergraduate years. Though she has since shifted her focus to concert dance she continues to nurture her love of ballroom through her teaching. Elisa has performed with Chicago-based companies including Breakbone DanceCo., Posterchild Art, and Synapse Arts as well as independent artists including Erica Mott, Jan Van Dyke, Julia Rae Antonick, and Sabrina Cavins. Her improvisations and choreographies have been presented in venues throughout Chicago, Philadelphia and North Carolina. In addition to working with several arts organizations, Elisa has served as a longtime teaching artist and professional development facilitator with Urban Gateways. Elisa currently teaches at Jones College Prep and with the CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37. She has presented on topics of dance and dance education at annual conferences of the National Dance Education Organization and the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association and led professional development workshops for educators of all kinds throughout Chicago.