SEASON TWO CHOREOGRAPHERS
Abdiel Figueroa Reyes (He/They) was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, before moving to the United States in 2011. He began his professional dance training at The Rock Center for Dance as a studio company member, attended Las Vegas Academy of the Arts as a Dance Major, and in 2015 went to The Joffrey Ballets’ and Complexions summer intensives, plus receiving scholarships for numerous colleges by the New York City Dance Alliance. In 2016, Figueroa joined Contemporary West Dance Theater under the direction of Bernard H. Gaddis, where he continued his training in modern, ballet, and contemporary. Shortly after, in 2017, Figueroa Reyes became a member of Hubbard Street’s Professional Program (HS Pro) under the direction of Alexandra Wells, where he was mentored by educators such as Peter Chu, Claire Bataille, Glenn Edgerton, Jonathan Alsberry with many more Hubbard Streets artists and guests. In 2018 was given a year apprenticeship with the leading company and In 2019, he joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a main company member. DanceMagazine named him Top 25 to Watch and recognized him as 1 of 4 LatinX Dancers Breaking Boundaries in 2020. At the beginning of his fifth year as a company member, Figueroa is delighted to be a 2022 Princess Grace Award Winner and was recently recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 Local Chicago for love and aspirations towards innovative dance. He is grateful to continue his artistic growth and professional development with HSDC and the Chicago community.
As a native of Dallas, Texas, Alysia Johnson (she/her) attended Dallas Black Dance Theatre where she had the opportunity to train in multiple styles and frequently catch a glimpse of what life is like as a professional dancer. After graduating with her BFA from The Juilliard School, Alysia has gone on to teach and choreograph for Princeton University, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Missouri State University, Towson University, COMMON Conservatory, and Jacob's Pillow to name a few. In 2021, Alysia received the Princess Grace Honoraria Award for Dance through the nomination of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where she has been a company member since 2018. Remaining consistent in her versatility, Alysia has been featured in campaigns with Tory Burch, Adidas, and fashion visionary Hogan McLaughlin. Recently Alysia joined Boom Crack Dance Company under the direction of Trae Turner. All of these experiences contribute to her voice as a choreographer where she focuses on genre-bending and community-centered concepts. Throughout her career, Alysia has been recognized for her musical intuition, quick learning and versatility. Alysia's most notable success to date is the continued support and wisdom from her communities and especially her mother, Galen Johnson. More about Alysia on her website www.alysiajohnson.com
Justin Rapaport (he/him) is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and stager who enjoys collaborating and creating with like-minded artists and individuals. Most recently, he has worked with Anne Plamondon, PARA.MAR Dance Theater, Rachel Meyer, Zoe|Juniper, Joshua Beamish/MoveTheCompany and Alejandro Cerrudo and Artists. Justin is a former member of Ballet BC, under the direction of Emily Molnar and Medhi Walerski, where, for 6 years, he had the opportunity to perform various solos and lead roles by choreographers such as Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Aszure Barton, Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Justin received his formal training at New World School of the Arts, followed by The Juilliard School, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During his training, Justin had the opportunity to perform works by Jiří Kylián, Twyla Tharp, Kyle Abraham, Martha Graham and Camille A. Brown. He also had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with his classmates with Brian Brooks/Moving Company and Kate Weare Company during his time at Juilliard.
Justin has delved into the choreographic realm throughout his career. Most notably in 2021, Justin created Passing By at Ballet BC, in collaboration with Evan Rapaport and Rae Srivastiva, which was selected as a finalist of the 14th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, and awarded the Danish Dance Theater Award by Pontus Lidburg. For that achievement, Justin had the opportunity to set Passing By on Dansk Danseteater and present the work at the Copehnhagen Summer Dance Festival in July 2023.