Ballet, Modern, Contemporary
YUSHA (“Ooosha”) -MARIE SORZANO – 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. She attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms. Sorzano has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, BODYTRAFFIC, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She has also performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millipied’s, LA Dance Project. Ms. Sorzano has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers Ulysses Dove, Maurice Béjart, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Mauro Bigonzetti. Additionally, she has performed alongside recording artists Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Rihanna. Theater, television, and film credits include, guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars,” principal dancer in Chicago’s acclaimed Goodman Theater’s “Crowns,” and principal dancer in the independent film “You, Me & The Circus.” Awards and honors include, an award for her choreography from the New World School of the Arts, as well as a winner in dance from the National Young Arts Foundation.
As an emerging choreographer, Ms. Sorzano has created works for Salt Lake City’s New Century Dance Project, The Joffrey Ballet School’s New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas programs, Los Angeles’s Windward School, and Norland Middle School. Ms. Sorzano was most recently a part of the creative team for NBC’S Jesus Christ Superstar, acting as a movement consultant to John Legend and curating promotional material for the live event.