Kosta Karakashyan dancer artist writer Alan Byland Photography
Photography by Alan Byland

Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian-Armenian
exploring emotion through motion and words.

Originally from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Kosta performs and creates interdisciplinary work internationally, having recently founded his own Studio Karakashyan, a one-stop shop for creative services in dance, film, design, marketing, production, and education.

Bringing his performing and digital experiences together, Kosta’s latest project is the upcoming short dance film Waiting for Color, raising awareness about the LGBTQIA+ persecution in the Chechen region of Russia. He also has bylines in Dance Magazine, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and FashionBeans and serves as Director of Innovation & Marketing on the board of HLAB, an educational program in Japan.

In the dance industry, Kosta has performed and choreographed internationally across Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Vietnam, Japan and the US while pursuing his BA in Dance at Columbia University in New York. He has performed and choreographed on Dancing With the Stars Vietnam and is a two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion. In New York, Kosta has danced in works by Chase Brock, Sasha Waltz, Ori Flomin and Shannon Gillen.

In just a few years in the digital industry, Kosta has had the pleasure of creating content for global brands such as Dr. Martens, Dyson, Men’s Health, Banana Republic and Old Navy both in front of and behind the camera.

On this website, you will find writing on art, culture, and identity. For business inquiries and Kosta’s creative portfolio, check out Studio Karakashyan.