Yusha-Marie Sorzano

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a relentless performing artist, choreographer, educator, and mentor who has worked in concert dance, theater, television, and film. She has performed in eight renowned concert dance companies including Com­plexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Morphoses. Sorzano has also performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Pro­ject. As a choreographer, she has created works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Idaho, Moving Arts, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, California Institute of the Arts, and Zeitgeist Dance Theatre, where she is a founding co-artistic director. Sorzano has received the Alvin Ailey organization’s New Directions Choreo­gra­phy Fellowship, a National YoungArts Foundations Dance Artist Fellowship, a Watermill Center Fellowship, and a Jerome Robbins Dance Division Research Fellow­ship. Earlier this fall, Sorzano joined the California Institute of the Arts as director of the BFA program in the School of Dance. She also co-leads We Won’t Sleep, a new musical. This is her fifth season with CABD.