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Kiesha Lalama Choreographer & Educator NHSMTA Choreographer

Biography

Choreographer and educator, Kiesha Lalama has created more than 40 works today. Most recently, Kiesha choreographed for the upcoming film, “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “All Shook Up” for North Shore Music Theatre, the National High School Musical Theater Awards on Broadway, "Alegria" for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, "Torque" for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and “Ruthless! The Musical” for the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theater. Her conceived and choreographed full-length dance theatre production, “The Bench” received rave reviews and was honored to make it to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s "Best of Dance" Top Ten list in both 2009 and 2010. Lalama has created works for companies such as Ballet Arkansas, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Jazz Dance World Congress, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the Youth American Grand Prix, Kansas City Starlight Theatre and the film “Sorority Row.”

In 2009, Kiesha Lalama was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch” and has been awarded a Leo’s Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress. The Youth American Grand Prix has twice named Lalama to the coveted "Top 12" and honored her with the Outstanding Choreography Award.

As an educator, Kiesha serves as an Associate Professor in the Point Park University Dance Department and as the Education Director for the Pittsburgh CLO. She has taught master classes and workshops for Cirque Du Soleil, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Oakland University, Carnegie Mellon University, Wright State University, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Dance Educators of America.

Kiesha Lalama graduated with an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and has her B.A. in Dance from Point Park University.

In October, Kiesha will team up with Director Jack Allison and set to choreograph a Grand Night for Singing at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theater.

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