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 an artist working in the field of dance, Kosta is a passionate advocate of the physical, mental, and social benefits dance can bring into our lives.

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.

Under his creative production studio Studio Karakashyan, recent works include directing music videos for artists Matt DeLuca, Acrillics, and Bettan, the documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in Chechnya, and the upcoming film Glance from the Edge, shot across 12 landscapes in Bulgaria. WAITING FOR COLOR was awarded the Prix Lumière at Cinédanse Ottawa 2019 and Best Student Film at dancescreen 2019 Wuppertal.

He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Dance, where he served as the inaugural Student Artist-in-Residence at the Barnard Movement Lab, choreographed for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and performed works by Merce Cunningham, Sasha Waltz, Ori Flomin, Shannon Gillen, and Chase Brock.

His work has been featured by The Guardian, them, GLAAD, and Radio Free Europe. He also has bylines in Dance Magazine, DanceTabs, and Fjord Review and served as Director of Innovation & Marketing on the board of HLAB, an international summer school in Japan.

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