VDA Artist Profile #39

Elizabeth Kurylo

Born and raised in France, Elizabeth started her classical dance career with the "Ballet Russe Irina Grjebina" and in the corps de ballet at the  "Opera de Rouen" (FKA Theatre des Arts)" . As many American dance artists in the 70's visited France and offered multiple workshops in Graham, Limon and Cunningham, she discovered a whole new world of possibilities. Armed with a visa obtained through the Cunningham's Studio Educational Program, she moved to New York City. There, she studied diverse modern dance styles with a preference for the Cunningham technique.

After a long 15 years hiatus during which she raised a family and worked as a physical therapist, she returned to her former passion. Since, she danced with the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble in Hanover, NH, and with What’s Written Within in Edgartown, MA. She choreographed work with the latter with productions at Built-on-Stilts and at the Hebrew Center. She also collaborated with artists from the Yard for her piece "What's the Matter with You".  She was one of the choreographers selected for the Vermont Dance Alliance Gala in 2019 and 2020. Last spring, she collaborated with performing artist, Marie Fourcaut, for her choreography "Farewell" and with Carla Kimball, videographer, for the film "Covid, A Poem and A Rope". She is trained in baroque dance and many of her choreographed pieces borrow from this style.

Elizabeth is the founder and director of The Junction Dance Festival, Inc. She has a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a MS from MGH School of Health Professions.