For your convenience, we have compiled a list of contemporary choreographers who may be available to choreograph contemporary pieces for the YAGP competition or other events. While their fees may vary, all choreographers on this list have agreed to lower their regular rates for YAGP participants. Participants and/or teachers should contact these choreographers directly to make individual plans regarding scheduling and payment. YAGP is not responsible for any arrangements made with these choreographers.
There are 3 possible ways to work with a choreographer:
1) Inviting the choreographer to your location to set an original work
2) Traveling to the location of the choreographer to set an original work
3) Using an already choreographed piece (available in some instances on videotape)
MUSASHI ALVAREZ, born in New York City, is a choreographer. He is a graduate of the Dance Department at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. There he was awarded the Mathesius/King Scholarship, Stefanie Silverman Scholarship, Dance Music Award and the Father Fame Award. While at LaGuardia High School, Musashi has studied a variety of modern dance vocabularies such as Horton, Taylor and the Graham Technique, and excelled in numerous modern and contemporary works by noted choreographers such as Elisa King, Milton Myers, Pedro Ruiz and many others. Musashi studied classical ballet extensively under the tutelage of Alexander Filipov (Former Principal with San Francisco Ballet and the Kirov Ballet) and has worked with Gelsey Kirkland (Former Principal with American Ballet Theatre) and Yuji Sato (Ballet Master of New National Ballet Theater of Tokyo). Musashi furthered his studies with Anatoli Kucheruk (Former Principal with Kiev Ballet) at the Kirov Academy of Ballet under the directorship of Oleg Vinogradov and later studied with Edward Ellison at the Ellison Ballet – Professional Training Program. In 2007 he was selected as a Modern Dance Finalist for YoungArts Week, organized annually by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts held in Miami, FL. He premiered For Netanya, choreographed by Elisa King at the YoungArts Week Gala. In 2010 Musashi became a member of the Tulsa Ballet, learning and performing roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker, Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, La Sylphide, Raymonda, Balanchine’sThe Four Temperaments, Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Ma Cong’s Carmina Burana, Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet and Adam Houghland’s The Rite of Spring. While at Tulsa Ballet, the company’s resident choreographer, Ma Cong, created a solo on Musashi for Tulsa Opera’s most recent production of La Traviata. The sheer versatility of the dancers, the company’s extensive repertoire and his work with Ma Cong had insprired him to devote a majority of his time to creating works of his own. After two seasons performing alongside the company and a year of studying Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, Musashi travelled back to New York City to choreograph and premiere his own Rite of Spring under Roberto Villanueva’s Balasole Dance Company at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. In 2012, Musashi was invited to join ICSBallet to become its resident choreographer and since then has produced numerous works for the school’s repertoire. In 2014, Musashi was awarded the Outstanding Choreographer Award at the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition for his work. As the new Executive Director of the school, he continues to create original works while aiming to expand and challenge the artistic vision of the school.
Mr. Godden is the winner of the YAGP 2001 Outstanding Choreographer Award.