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Joseph Caruana

(EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)

Joseph Caruana is a Co-Founder and Co-Director for Elements Ballet. He has performed with River North Chicago Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Sonia Dawkins/Prism Dance Theatre, Haymarket Opera Company, the MasterWorks Festival, Civic Ballet of Chicago, and Evanston Dance Ensemble, and in numerous trade shows as well as worked in TV and film. In addition to studying with Elements' Co-Director Mike Gosney he trained on full scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division and with The Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles’ apprentice program. He has also attended workshops with the Boston Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and the Lou Conte Dance Center.

As a choreographer, Caruana’s work for Elements Ballet has been accepted into the McCallum Theatre’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival and presented as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) DanceBridge program and with the art installation On the Prairie, as well as in many other festivals and projects, including Dance St. Louis’ Spring to Dance. Caruana was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a Richard H. Driehaus Professional Development grant to develop his original one-act ballet, The Sun King, which premiered in November 2014 with Baroque Band as part of DCASE’s SpinOff series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Caruana also co-conceptualized and co-choreographed Surge and AYA, An Aerial Ballet, in collaboration with Gosney and Chloe Jensen and Karen Fisher-Doyle of Aerial Dance Chicago. Most recently, he co-created and performed in HUMAN with performing artist ALEXA GRAE for The Inconvenience’s The Fly Honey Show 8.