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.

Under his creative 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.

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 educational program in Japan.

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