Liz Santoro is an American dancer and choreographer. She began her dance training at the the professional division of Boston Ballet School. She then studied neuroscience at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology in 2001. She has worked with a number of choreographers including Alexandra Bachzetsis, Philipp Gehmacher, Jack Ferver, Trajal Harrell, Sam Kim, Heather Kravas, Jillian Peña, Eszter Salamon & Christine de Smedt, David Wampach and Ann Liv Young. She has also performed in the theater work of John Jahnke/Hotel Savant, Charles Chemin, and Pierre Godard, and collaborated with visual artist Ryan McNamara. In 2009 she began creating her own choreography.
Her work, which investigates the performative role of attention and challenges the diametric relationship between watching and being watched, has been presented by Danspace Project at St Marks Church, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Théâtre de Vanves, L’Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, Centre Pompidou Metz, The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. Her most recent work, Watch It, was awarded a 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award, or “Bessie”, in the category of Outstanding Production for a work at the forefront of contemporary dance.