Youth America Grand Prix

Participant Information

Contemporary Choreographer List

Dear participants,

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of contemporary choreographers who may be available to choreograph contemporary pieces for the YAGP competition or for other events. This list should be used only as an additional resource for those who need help, and YAGP is not responsible for any arrangements made with these choreographers.

The choreography fees vary individually, but the choreographers have agreed to lower their regular fees for YAGP participants. The fees start from $250; exact fees for each choreographer are available upon request from YAGP office.

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)

Please note: the list is continuously updated, so please check back for updated choreographer and contact information. If you have any questions, please contact the YAGP office.

Musashi Alvarez (Atlanta, GA)
Resident Choreographer, International City School of Ballet

Personal Tel: (404) 823 - 8237
Personal E-mail:

Business Tel: (404) 405 - 3988
Business E-mail:

MUSASHI ALVAREZ, born in New York City, is currently the resident choreographer for International City School of Ballet (Atlanta, GA). Musashi is the recipient of the Outstanding Choreographer Award at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix. 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 Father Fame Award.  While at LaGuardia High School, Musashi has intensely studied modern dance, such as the Graham Technique, and excelled in modern and contemporary dance in such works as "Witness" choreographed by Elisa King, "Scenes of a Ballet" by Milton Myers, "Picnic Suite" by Catherine Brikke, and "Mediterrenea" by Pedro Ruiz as well as his own work, "Viennese Rose." 

Musashi studied classical ballet extensively under the tutelage of Alexander Filipov (Former Principal with San Francisco Ballet and the Kirov Ballet) and has also worked with Gelsey Kirkland (Former Principal with American Ballet Theatre) and Yuji Sato (Ballet Master of New National Ballet Theater of Tokyo).  In 2007 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 in 2009 attended Ellison Ballet - Professional Training Program under the directorship of Edward Ellison, both under full scholarship.  

In 2010 Musashi became a member of the Tulsa Ballet, performing roles in ballets such as "Swan Lake," "Theme and Variations," "The Nutcracker," "Taming of the Shrew," "Elite Syncopations," "La Sylphide," "Raymonda," "Four Temperaments," "Carmina Burana" and soloist roles such as in Tulsa Opera's production of "La Traviata." In 2007 he was selected as the 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 in the YoungArts Week Gala.

Tel: 989.739.5422

Italian-born Giuseppe Canale has toured extensively as a dancer with such companies as Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century (Bruxelles), Ballet Company of Jean Deroc (Switzerland), Ballet Company of Germinal Casado (West Germany), and the Het National Ballet (Netherlands). Mr. Canale has choreographed works for Het National Ballet and Teatro Massimo in Itally, becoming the Artistic Director of Teatro Massimo in 1994. As the director of the company, he revitalized the theater's repertoire and initiated multiple arts outreach programs. Since moving to the United States, Mr. Canale became the Co-Director of The Northeast Academy of Dance and has appeared as a judge at the Luxembourg International Ballet Competition.

David Justin (UK)
Tel: 512.471.6295

Formerly a Principal Dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), a Soloist with San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet, David has enjoyed a choreographic and performance career over thirty years including the principal roles of classical ballet and contemporary ballet works by Forsythe, Kylian, Tharp, Taylor, Morris, Van Mannen, Caniparoli, York and others. Touring the world, David’s dancing has been described as ‘alluring and mercurial’, ‘polished’, ‘brilliant’, and ‘fearless.’

David’s own critically acclaimed choreography has been performed at the Kennedy Center, in Greece, at the Edinburgh Festival, and in New York City. He has created works on dancers from around the world including New York City Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and many more.

David is available to choreograph and coach solos and pas de deux for both Senior and Junior divisions.

Tel: 561.997.0031

Tara Mitton Catao is an award-winning choreographer, coach and master teacher. For over ten years, Ms. Mitton Catao served as the resident choreographer and modern dance faculty for the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL. She has been on the faculties of the London Contemporary School of Dance, the Gus Giordano Dance Center, and the Ruth Page Foundation School of Ballet. In 1981, Ms. Mitton Catao founded the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, with which she toured extensively both nationally and internationally. Ms. Mitton Catao prides herself in creating choreography that highlights each dancer technical and artistic talents.

Ms. Mitton Catao is available for coaching, workshops, master classes and solo and ensemble choreography. Website: (under construction)


Artistic director Cangelosi Dance Project

Cell: 917.239.4865
Website (under construction):

Mr. Dos Santos' choreographic credits include works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Dance Festival, Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and DanceBrazil. He has performed as a soloist with major Brazilian dance companies, including Grupo Salto, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Bale Teatro Castro Alves, and DanceBrazil. In the U.S., Mr. Dos Santos has performed with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, DanceBrazil, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and Complexions. Mr. Dos Santos' choreography is individually tailored to showcase each dancer's technical and artistic level and incorporates elements of classical ballet and contemporary dance techniques (Graham, Horton, Dunham, jazz).

PERLA JOY FURR (South Natick, MA)
Tel: 508.655.0675

Perla Joy Furr has performed and designed dance for over three decades. Ms. Furr has extensive experience in Grahm, Humphrey, Limon and Cunningham modern dance techniques. Ms. Furr's talents include extensive knowledge and background with outstanding teaching skills, augmented by her extraordinary ability to inspire performers to exhibit their ultimate performing skills and stage presence. She studied with and has been inspired by Mimi Kim Kagen, Bill Evans, Trisha Brown, Kei Takei and Chris Komar. In 1975, Ms. Furr became artistic director and founder of modern dance company, PJF &Co., Vibrato Arts Center and most recently founder and director/producer of the Choreographers Group, since 1996. She has taught at Harvard University, Boston Repertory, The Studio, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex. She has been commissioned to present her work by Faneuil Hall, Newbury Street Collective, Dover Foundation, WNAC and WGBH-TV. Furr's work has also been performed at Dancespace Project at St. Mark's Church, New York City, Tower Auditorium, the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Babson College, Dance Umbrella and the Dance Space at Concord Academy. She has been a guest artist of Boston College and Brandeis University. Ms. Furr's last assignment was on staff as Director of Modern Dance Department at Dancing Arts Center. Ms. Furr's work is currently presented nationally. In March 2005 Ms. Furr's students placed First Place in contemporary solo and Second Place in contemporary ensemble at the YAGP semi finals. In April 2005 Ms. Furr's students finished in the Top 12th in the ensemble group at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City. 

Ms. Furr is available for the production of contemporary choreography, coaching, workshops and master classes. 

Contact: Mikhail Tchoupakov
Cell: 303.332.7509

This late Russian choreographer had choreographed for Bolshoi Ballet in 1970s and 80s. He set original choreography on Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Yekaterina Maximova, and many other stars of the Bolshoi Ballet. The choreography is based mostly on classical ballet. Videotapes and copyright permissions are available by contacting Mikhail Tchoupakov.

Contact: info coming soon

Mr. Godden is the winner of the YAGP 2001 Outstanding Choreographer Award.


Ms. Harper is a choreographer, dancer, and singer. Her choreographic credits include works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Jacob's Pillow, and other companies. As a dancer, she has performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem, William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt, the Broadway and the national tour productions of Fosse, and with New York-based contemporary dance company, Complexions. Her most recent work, The Fragile Stone Theory, received its world premiere at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2002.

CHARLES MAPLE (Orange County, CA)
Tel: 562.433.5484

Charles Maple danced with American Ballet Theatre and the Basel Ballet of Switzerland. His association with these companies exposed him to the cutting edge choreography of Europe and America's most influential choreographers. In 1992 Maple began creating his own works. He has since received a steady stream of commissions, awards and a growing reputation as a freelance choreographer. Mr. Maple's choreography represents a diversity of dance styles that are firmly rooted in the traditions of classical ballet. He is resident choreographer of the South Bay Ballet and is on staff at the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive.

Contact: info coming soon

Tel: 302.734.9717 (c/o Academy of Dance Arts, IL)

The recipient of the YAGP 2001 Outstanding Choreographer Award, YAGP 2000 Outstanding Teacher Award, and YAGP 2000 Outstanding School Award, Ms. Moray has been choreographing for the past 10 years for such companies as Alabama Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and others. She has received the 1st place at the Sarasota Ballet Choreography Competition in 1996. Her pieces are based on classical ballet aesthetic.

E-mail: (c/o Liana's Selected Workshop)

Recipient of the YAGP 2000 Outstanding Choreographer Award, Ms. Navarro has been teaching in the Miami area for many years. In 1976, she founded her own studio, Liana's Selected Workshop. Ms. Navarro's choreography has received numerous awards at competitions throughout the country. She has also choreographed for commercials and television programs.

DONNA PIDEL (Maryland)
Tel: 410.977.5380

Donna Pidel, founder executive and director of the Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland. Ms Pidel has been teaching/choreographing for 25 years in which time her choreography has been recognized with numerous accolades. Her piece Nightbird was danced by Alicia Graf Mack at the Maryinski Theatre St Petersburg Russia. She has won the Capezio award at the North American Ballet Competition as well as the Outstanding Choreographer Award at the YAGP regionals.  In addition to directing Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland, Ms. Pidel is currently on the 'Board of Examiner's for American Ballet Theatre's, National Training Curriculum. She has guest taught all over the country including Towson University and Alvin Ailey Dance Company.

Tel: 217.355.9265

A choreographer who loves to create stories in dance customized to each dancer, she is the YAGP Outstanding Choreographer 2005 and 2011 and also the Outstanding Choreographer at Dance Chicago 2004.  One duet she choreographed finished in the Top 12 in the NYC Finals.

She specializes in contemporary solos and duets and expanding a dancer’s range to reach undiscovered potential. Christine does not discriminate against the economically disadvantaged but otherwise dedicated and gifted.

BRIAN READER (New York City)
Contact: c/o ABT (leave message for Brian Reader)
Tel: 212.477.3030

Currently performing with ABT, Mr. Reader has choreographed for the ABT Studio Company and the ABT Summer Intensive. His choreographic style is based on classical ballet and the use of theatrical elements and stage humor.