Sean Aaron Carmon (Beaumont, TX) began his training under the late Bonnie Cokinos at her School of Dance. Under her guidance, he began competing nationally with Dance Masters of America. Sean held the titles of Mr. Dance of Texas in both 2004 and 2006 while in high school. Thanks to two dedicated teachers, Eva Leblanc and Lucia Booth, and a host of support from other district faculty members, Sean was awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship, affording him the opportunity to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006 on full scholarship. After moving to New York, he began taking supplemental classes at the Ailey School which led to an inevitable transfer to, and later graduation from, the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance in 2010.
He was a member of Elisa Monte Dance before originating the role of "Phaedra" in the 2010 Tony Award–winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles and performed on the 2010 Tony Awards broadcast, Good Morning America and Live! with Regis and Kelly. Mr. Carmon also performed in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera and has appeared as a guest artist with Joshua Beamish's MOVETHECOMPANY, the International Dance Association in Italy and with the Cape Dance Company in South Africa.
Mr. Carmon joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011 and has performed major solo roles including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s original role in Alvin Ailey’s Pas de Duke and featured roles in ballets by other notable choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Johan Inger, Ulysses Dove, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin and Christopher L. Huggins. In addition, he has also been featured on Conan, the national TBS television talk show, Lincoln Center at the Movies, broadcast nationally on PBS and profiled in the Huffington Post for his work as an AGMA union representative for his fellow Ailey dancers.
As a choreographer's assistant, Sean has learned from some of the best professional choreographers working today, including Christopher L. Huggins, Joshua Beamish, Matthew Rushing and Nicholas Villeneuve.
His own choreographies have been performed all across the country and internationally and have been lauded as "everything and then some..." and "powerful" and "seriously flawless" by major national print and online publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, JET Magazine, BroadwayBlack, DanceSpirit and Dance Magazine. He was awarded The Joffrey Ballet's 2017 Winning Works choreographic award and created his Suite Hearts on The Joffrey Studio Company and The Joffrey Academy's advanced trainees. Also in 2017, his work longstoryshort was commissioned by the Dance Gallery Festival NYC and was selected as the Audience Choice Award Winner out of 30 pieces created for the festival. He has also created works on the AAADT for multiple Ailey Dancers’ Resource Fund benefit performances. Mr. Carmon created a critically acclaimed work, Youth Novels, on METtoo and a sensuous, moving duet, begin again, for DUO, METdance's intimate performance series in Houston, TX. He also teaches master classes and choreographs for studios, dance conventions, high schools, colleges and universities across America and internationally.
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