Francisco Avina

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Francisco’s training started at Orange County High School of the Performing Arts and continued at Alvin Ailey. He worked as a dancer in such projects as: Celine Dion's A New Day at Caesars Palace, Newsies-the Movie , Batman and Robin, Michael Jackson’s Sisterella, Fame L.A the TV series. The World Billboard Music Awards, he danced for Elton John, Bette Midler, Janet Jackson, and numerous corporate industrials such as Adiddas, Canon, Nike, Reebok, Asics, Nintendo and Aveda. Moving to Chicago he began his company career with Hubbard Street 2 for one year, moving to River North for one year, and subsequently into Hubbard Street for three years.

 

He is currently working with Lucky Push Productions under the artistic of Julia Rhoads. His choreography credits include Giannai Versace fashion show in Singapore, 10th Annual American Choreography Awards in Los Angeles, Nickolodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards with Justin Timberlake, three pieces for Hubbard Street, two in which one he won a national choreography competition. Working in Mexico City he choreographed for TV Azteca Disney’s High School Musical La Seleccion and "Yo Mexico" which was a multi media production celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico's independence and the centennial anniversary of its revolution with more than 350 artists including dancers, aerialists and musicians. It was performed in the Zocalo at the foot of the National Palace and viewed by over 1.5 million people. He completed the first piece set on Danceworks Chicago entitled “Track 4” under the artistic direction of Julie Nakagawa. He has choreographed for Chicago dance companies such as Luna Negra, Thodos Dance, Ron de Jesus Dance and the Joffery's second company.

 

Recently Francisco received the "Outstanding Choreography Award" at the Youth America Grand Prix competition. Francisco is also the resident choreographer for "Digital 9" in Shibuya Tokyo where he periodically sets new works for a cast of over 60 artists.