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

Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian-Armenian
exploring empathy through movement and storytelling.

A two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion, Kosta has performed and choreographed on Dancing With the Stars Vietnam and across Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Egypt, Vietnam, and Japan. As a lifetime practitioner and multidisciplinary artist working in the field of dance, Kosta is a passionate advocate of the physical, mental and social benefits dance can bring to everybody’s life.

Under his creative production studio Studio Karakashyan, recent works include directing music videos for artists Matt DeLuca and Acrillics and the documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in Chechnya, which was awarded the Prix Lumière at Cinédanse Ottawa 2019 and Best Student Film at dancescreen 2019 Wuppertal.

He graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a BA in Dance, where he perfomed works by Merce Cunningham, Chase Brock, Sasha Waltz, Ori Flomin, and Shannon Gillen, was the inaugural Student Artist-in-Residence at the Barnard Movement Lab, and choreographed for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, CoLab and Orchesis.

His work has been featured by Conde Nast’s LGBT Magazine them, GLAAD, and Radio Free Europe. He also has bylines in Dance Magazine, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and FashionBeans and served as Director of Innovation & Marketing on the board of HLAB, an international summer school in Japan.

For his work as an LGBTQ+ artist and activist, Kosta has been recognized with the Edgar Richards Scholarship from the Maranatha Ministry at Riverside Church and the Tuk-Tam Foundation Scholarship Fund to pursue a Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, Italy. He was also part of activist Remy Bonny’s Top 10 LGBTI Individuals of 2019 list and has presented his activism work at UPenn’s Perry World House.

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