Originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Yusha-Marie Sorzano is a relentless performing artist, choreographer, educator, and mentor who has worked in concert dance, theater, television, and film. She received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, Armour Dance Theatre, and The Dance Theater of Harlem.
A National YoungArts Foundation winner in dance in her senior year of high school, Ms. Sorzano went on to attend the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. She has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, 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. Ms Sorzano is currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, where she is part of the original cast of the Bessie-nominated Black Girl: Linguistic Play, and Ink, the 2nd and 3rd installments of Brown’s acclaimed trilogy on race, culture, and identity.
As a choreographer, Ms. Sorzano has created works for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Idaho, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, New Century Dance Project, The Ailey School, California Institute of the Arts, and Zeitgeist Dance Theatre, where she is a founding Co-Artistic Director. She is also part of the creative team for We Won’t Sleep, a new musical about the life of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to serve in Congress.
Ms. Sorzano has been the recipient of an Alvin Ailey Organizations New Directions Choreography Fellowship, a National YoungArts Foundations Dance Artist Fellowship, a Watermill Center Fellowship, and a Jerome Robbins Dance Division Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library.