MUSASHI ALVAREZ,  born in New York City, is a ballet choreographer. He is a graduate of the dance division 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, 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. In 2007 Musashi 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 for the YoungArts Week Gala.

 

Musashi studied classical ballet extensively under the tutelage of Alexander Filipov (former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Kirov Ballet) and has worked with Yuji Sato (Ballet Master of New National Ballet Theater of Tokyo).  Musashi furthered his studies with master teacher Anatoli Kucheruk (former principal dancer of Bolshoi Ballet and Kiev State Ballet) at the Kirov Academy of Ballet under the directorship of Oleg Vinogradov and later studied with Edward Ellison, artistic director of the Ellison Ballet - Professional Training Program.

 

Upon completion of his studies, Musashi became a member of the Tulsa Ballet. There, he learned roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, La SylphideRaymonda, Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Cranko's Taming of the Shrew, Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Edwaard Liang's Romeo and Juliet, Adam Houghland's The Rite of Spring among many others. While at Tulsa Ballet, the company's resident choreographer, Ma Cong, choreographed a work on Musashi for Tulsa Opera's production of La Traviata. The versatility of the dancers, the company's extensive repertoire and his experience with Mr. Cong had influenced 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 iconic score 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 to critical acclaim. In 2012, Musashi was invited to join International City School of Ballet 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 Executive Director of the school, he continues to create original works while aiming to define and develop the artistic identity of the school.