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Yusha Marie Soranzo Choreographer and Judge at California Dance Classics. Ballet competition.

“Originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. Ms. Sorzano went on to attend the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Ms. Sorzano has been a company member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, and BODYTRAFFIC. She has also performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project.

As a choreographer, Ms. Sorzano has created works for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jeannette: A New Musical, Ballet Idaho, Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, New Century Dance Project, The Ailey School, California Institute of the Arts, and Zeitgeist Dance Theatre. She has been the recipient of an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New Directions Choreography Fellowship and a National YoungArts Foundations Dance Artist in Residence. Ms. Sorzano is a 2021 Jerome Robbins Dance Division Research Fellow at the New York Public Library and the co-artistic director of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre. Currently, Ms. Sorzano is Artist-in-Residence at The Watermill Center in New York.

Deeply passionate about the powerful role that educators play in the lives of young artists, Ms. Sorzano enjoys teaching and mentoring aspiring artists around the world. She currently serves as a faculty member and mentor at CalArts.”

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