Carissa Songhorian, a BFA in Dance and Dance Composition graduate from California Institute of the Arts, began her training at Los Angeles Ballet Academy under the direction of Andrea Paris and Conny Mathot. Throughout her years as a dancer, she has performed professionally with Ate9 Dance Company, Fabe Dance Company, String Theory Harp, Strange & Elegant Dance, Voices Carry, and Dream Walker; as well as in works by choreographers and artists such as Danielle Agami, Christopher Bordenave, Gustavo Ramirez-Sansano, Troy Powell, Julie Bour, Ryan Mason, Laurence Blake, and Kira Blazek among many others. Carissa has also appeared in several short dance films, commercials and pilots for television, Solange Knowles’s “Metatronia,” and a movie that was produced by James Franco.
As a choreographer, Carissa has created and collaborated on multiple successful works for stage and film. Her work has premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Highways Performance Space & Gallery, LAMusArt’s Winter Festival, the Sharon Lund Theater, and Visual Artists Group. Carissa has also received honorable mentions for some of her works, including her piece, Never Mess with Sunday (2013); and her creations have been praised as “intriguing,” and “twisted.” Currently, Carissa continues to create as a solo artist, as well as in collaboration with companies and artists such as Dream Walker, Joan Holly Padeo, Manuel Meza, Davy Sumner, and more. Her newest work will premiere in March of 2019 at Highways Performance Space and Gallery.
Songhorian also works as a Dance Specialist for Arts Integration Workshops with public schools and educator conferences; including conferences for Center Theatre Group’s promotion of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Music Center, and Community Arts Partnership’s workshops for LAUSD. As a movement educator, Carissa strives to mentor students in both dance and in living a disciplined and healthy lifestyle, by promoting a nurturing environment where challenges and achievements are one and the same.
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