Dance MFA student Elisabeth Roskopf featured on Creating Milwaukee series

Elisabeth dances outdoors with the Milwaukee skyline in the background.
Elisabeth Roskopf / Photo courtesy Nō Studios

Peck School of the Arts graduate student and lecturer Elisabeth Roskopf was featured in a recent episode of No Studios’ mini-documentary series Creating Milwaukee. The series showcases artists and creatives throughout Milwaukee, celebrating their work and how it connects to their community.

Roskopf’s episode displays her work with UWM and its impact on her career. She is currently a ballet lecturer for first-year dance majors at PSOA. In her course, students enter with a wide variety of technical skills and Roskopf works to embed a variety of knowledge into a ballet art form that respects all cultures. “I really want to decolonize the Eurocentric dance forms that are heavily preserved in academia,” she explains, noting that she creates a space where dancers comprehend each other.

She is also a current graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program of dance at PSOA. Through this, she has dived deeper into dance research to illuminate stories of cultural identity and expression through movement. Much of her work centers on Asian American voices and people of color, inspiring others to stand up in the face of discrimination, especially her daughter. Roskopf is planning to travel to South Korea soon: “I’m going to be working with Korean choreographers to learn more about the traditional and contemporary Korean dance practices.”

Learn more about Elisabeth and watch the episode on the Creating Milwaukee website