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Windward Dance Company is an advanced rep performance group selected by audition. Through a series of short-term residencies with some of the most accomplished artists in the business today, students maintain a strong technical foundation and create and perform commissioned choreographic works.

2019-20 Guest Artists

Brendan Evans

Brendan Evans began training at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts in high school where he received an honorable mention and merit scholarship for Modern Dance from Youngarts. Brendan is now a senior at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance under the direction of Vice Dean Jodie Gates and William Forsythe.

During his time at USC, Brendan has performed works by Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylián, Barak Marshall, Paul Taylor, Dwight Rhoden, George Balanchine, and Sonya Tayeh. Brendan furthered his training at Nederlans Dans Theater Summer Intensive, Springboard Dans Montreal, and the Contemporary Program at the School at Jacob’s Pillow.

During this time, he learned and performed works by Ohad Naharin, Fernando Melo, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Cayetono Soto, Didy Veldman, and Ronald K Brown. Brendan’s choreography has been performed at New York Live Arts in 2019. Additionally, Brendan has performed at the Los Angeles Art Show and the Music and More Music Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Loni Landon

Loni Landon is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant based in New York City. In addition to creating dances for her own collective, Loni Landon Dance Projects, her work is commissioned by Dance Companies and Film Makers across the country.
 
Born and raised in New York City, Landon received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2005. While a student at the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Landon was a NFAA Young Arts Modern Dance Winner. After Juilliard, Landon performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanz Munich Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera.
 
Landon is the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship winner awarded with BODYTRAFFIC.  As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by Keigwin and Company, Whim Whim, LEVY DANCE, The Juilliard School, BODYTRAFFIC, American Dance Institute (for Loni Landon Dance Projects), Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street II, Ballet X, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her company has performed at The Joyce Theater and Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series, as well as at Bryant Park and the first annual Beach Sessions in Rockaway Beach.
 
Landon has won numerous awards including First Prize Winner of Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Competition, Winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives” Choreography Competition, Winner of the Next Commission from CityDance Ensemble, Finalist in the International Solo Tanz Theater Competition in Stuttgart, Germany, and Finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition.
 
Landon was also a participant in the 2012 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Other residencies include ITE and the CUNY Dance Initiative. 
 
Alongside Gregory Dolbashian, Landon co-founded THE PLAYGROUND, an initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment, while allowing professional dancers to participate affordably. Dance Magazine recognized the Playground as a 25 To Watch for 2013.

Yusha Marie Sorzano

Originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Yusha Marie Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. In her senior year she received an award for outstanding choreography from New World School of the Arts, as well as an award in dance from the National Young Arts Foundation. She went on to attend 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 Millepied’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 Dianne McIntyre, 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. Her theater, television, and film credits include being a 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.”

Deeply passionate about the powerful role that educators play in the lives of young artists, Ms. Sorzano enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally. From Trinidad to the United States and beyond, Ms. Sorzano has had the pleasure of teaching at esteemed educational institutions and festivals around the world, including the Ailey School, Lines Ballet/Dominican Universities BFA Program, Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective, New World School of the Arts, The Windward School, Brasil’s Mostra Danca, and Italy’s Danzainfiera. Ms. Sorzano’s efforts have led her to extraordinary programs such as, Francisco Gella Dance

Works, where she acts as an Associate Director; and NYC’s Joffrey Ballet School, where she is a master faculty member. In addition, she frequently serves as an adjudicator for National Organizations in the U.S. that support the arts.

As a 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, and Los Angeles’s Windward School. Ms. Sorzano was 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. She is the recipient the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s 2018 “New Directions Choreography Lab, and was most recently commissioned by the Santa Barbara Dance Theater to create a new work, which premiered in January of 2019.

 

Ms. Sorzano currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet Schools Dallas summer intensive and as an Associate Director for Program Development with Francisco Gella Dance Works.

Evan Sagadencky

Prior to attending the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Evan Sagadencky graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and is a YoungArts alumni.
 
Evan has participated in programs such as
Jacob's Pillow and the Netherlands Dans Theatre Summer Intensive. At nineteen years old, Evan has had the privilege of working with choreographers including William Forsythe, Barak Marshall, Peter Chu,
Loni Landon, Sonya Tayeh, and Danielle Agami.

Past Guest Artists

Andrew Winghart
Barak Marshall
BODYTRAFFIC
Christina Bodie
Christopher Bordenave
Erica Robson
Francisco Gella
Genna Moroni
Hai Cohen
Hector Mercado
Helene Phillips
Holly Rothschild
James Gregg
James Patric Moran
Jodi Gates
Jordan Johnson
Kyle Abraham
Leslie Scott
Lindsey Matheis
Marcus Willis
Norbert de la Cruz III
RubberLegz
Sara Von Gillern
Thang Dao
WHYTEBERG
Yusha Marie Sorzano
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