Haley Kostas

Greek American choreographer, dance artist, and educator based out of Los Angeles and Kansas City. Haley attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), Conservatory of Music and Dance, along with training abroad at The London Contemporary Dance School. Haley’s choreography and works have been presented and commissioned by Kansas City Ballet, UMKC Dance Conservatory, Kansas University, Kansas City Fringe Festival, and City in Motion’s Dance in The Park. Most recently Kostas was a winner of the Charlotte Street Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts & Spencer Art Museum 2019 Rocket Grant for RubiX, a collaborative performance outlet merging music, movement and visual arts. As well as being selected as an artist for Open House’s 2019 exhibitions, Regional Dance America’s Choreographic 2019 scholarship recipient, and Charlotte Street Foundations “Making Moves” performance.

She has worked alongside internationally recognized choreographers in the creation of new works and large scale productions such as live performances for The Juilliard School, Axis Connect, Britney Spears “Circus Tour” at Madison Square Garden, PINK, the TV series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and her own choreographic debut of the feature film DANCE OFF. Professionally, she has danced in works by choreographers and companies including: Peter Chu, Aszure Barton, Justin Giles (The Soulescape Co.), Marguerite Derricks (Nip/Tuck Promo Season 6), Jaci Royal (Royal Flux Dance), Andrew Winghart, Adam Parsons (The Commonality Dance Company), Derryl Yeager (Odyssey Dance Theater), and musical artists such as Katy Perry, Capital Cities, and Flight of The Concords.

Kostas is a nationally published writer with works featured in DanceSpirit Magazine and Dance/USA's 2018 e-journal “the green room,” along with being a contributor for {DIY dancer} Magazine, and her own OffCenter journal. 

She is also an internationally recognized dance educator who continues to share her philosophy of dance education and movement methods throughout the concert dance community. Her teaching credits include serving as an adjunct professor at the UMKC Dance Conservatory, faculty member at Kansas City Ballet, founder of Defy Dance Project, and touring guest teacher for multiple programs and organizations.

Her most recent work, “About Looking” a collaboration with musician and composer Conner Giles, debuted at the 2019 Kansas City Ballet’s “New Moves” performance held at The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Kostas recently trained with Hofesh Schecter’s Company at Sadler’s Wells in London, England and continues to study Gaga, the movement language of Ohad Naharin. Kostas will be furthering her training under Peter Chu of Chuthis and Akram Khan’s Company this summer, as she continues to expand her own dance education and movement research.