YUSHA-MARIE SORZANO (Miami, FL) Originally from Trinidad, Ms.Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. She attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms.Sorzano has been a member of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, and the Los Angeles based company, BODYTRAFFIC. She has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers, Ulysses Dove, Hofesh Shechter, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Ron K Brown. As well as, with recording artist Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Destiny's Child, and Rihanna. She has been a guest artist on "Dancing with the Stars", a cast member of Chicago's acclaimed Goodman Theater's "Crowns," and starred as the principal dancer in the independent film "You Me and The Circus." Ms.Sorzano if a faculty member of the Joffrey Jazz Contemporary program and when not performing enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally.