Co-Founder & Dancer/Resident Choreographer
Joseph Caruana is a Co-Founder, Co-Director, Resident Choreographer, and dancer for Elements Contemporary Ballet. His work has been presented in the McCallum Theatre’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, The Best of Dance Chicago, Looptopia, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, SpinOff, Juicebox, DanceChance, On the Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center, and as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ DanceBridge program, for which he was a selected choreographer for in 2012. Caruana was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship to develop his original ballet for Elements, The Sun King, A Contemporary Ballet in One Act, which premiered in 2014 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park and later aired on Chicago’s CAN-TV networks. In 2014 he also co-choreographed and conceptualized Surge, a 20-minute aerial ballet created and performed in collaboration with Aerial Dance Chicago.
Prior to dancing for Elements, he has performed with River North Chicago Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Sonia Dawkins/Prism Dance Theatre, the MasterWorks Festival, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Ballet Legere, and in numerous trade shows, as well as worked in TV and film. In addition to studying with Elements’ Artistic Director Mike Gosney he trained on full scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division and with The Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and attended workshops with the Boston Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and the Lou Conte Dance Center.