Choreographer and Professor of Modern Jazz
Christopher L. Huggins, choreographer, teacher and former member of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, trained under Andrea Herbert Major, Danny Sloan and Martha Gray. After attending SUNY Purchase, The Julliard School, and fellowship at The Ailey School, Huggins appeared as a guest artist in several dance companies in the United States, Oslo Dance Ensemble in Oslo, Norway and Aterballetto of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Christopher has had the distinct honor as a master teacher and choreographer to work in South Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea as well as throughout the United States in high schools and major Universities like Howard University, Spellman College, University of Arts, Eastern and Western Michigan and Wayne State University. It has been said that Huggins is a much sought after Choreographer and have created ballets for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ailey II, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Broadway Dance of Tokyo and Oslo Dance Ensemble in Oslo, Norway. Additionally, he was esteemed the honor of serving as sole choreographer for the 50th Anniversary Opening Night Gala for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2008.
In 2002 and 2008 Huggins was recognized for his work and became the recipient of the Alvin Ailey Award for Best Choreography, The Black Alliance Award in Chicago for Enemy Behind The Gates andPyrokinesis as well as recognized as a silver medalist from the 4th Annual Seoul International Contemporary Dance Competition, in Seoul Korea. Another highlight was winning the “Critics Choice Award” for his choreography of the Musical The Wiz with Dallas Theatre Center in Dallas, Texas and Service to IABD in the Field of Dance Award from the International Association of Blacks in Dance.
Huggins is currently serving as resident choreographer at Duke Ellington High School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and choreographer in Cape Town, South Africa where he recently set his ballet “Bolero” on Cape Dance Company. Currently, he is a faculty member of the Dance Convention Tour, ASH – Artists Simply Human.