White woman Eliana Durnbaugh in a black and white checkered shirt

Eliana Durnbaugh

Teaching Artist


Eliana Durnbaugh (hear it) is a multidisciplinary dancer, researcher, and educator based in Minneapolis. She holds a BA in Dance and Microbiology from Carleton College and has performed in works by Stephen Koplowitz, Darrius Strong, HIJACK, Judith Howard, Herb Johnson III, Emma Marlar & Leila Awadallah, and Mary Willmeng. Eliana has 12 years of training in Bhratanatyam and Graham Modern techniques, touring with Kalaanjali Dance Company in Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad, India in 2015. Currently, she is an Assistant Teacher with Young Dance and Teaching Artist at Zenon Dance School. Eliana adores personal somatic inquiry and bases her pedagogy on Laban principles of movement. She is a fierce advocate for the radical empathy-building power of dance and the way dancing shapes individuals into compassionate members of community.

2023–24 Session Teaching Roster: Creative Movement

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