Bryan Arias


Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Bryan moved with his family to New York City at the age of nine. While growing up Bryan was exposed to many urban and social dance styles, receiving his formal dance training at La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts.
As a dancer, Bryan went on to perform with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, before moving to Holland to join The Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), and Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot. He has originated roles in and performed in works by notable choreographers including Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite.
In November of 2013 Bryan debuted the ARIAS Company based in New York City with his full-evening production a place where something flourishes, reviewed as "finely crafted, and expertly danced." The company has performed internationally at festivals such as Festival Siquientescena (Mexico), Pietrasanta Music Fesitval (Italy), CICC (Copenhagen), and Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (Quebec).

As a choreographer, Bryan is the recipient of the First Place and Audience Choice awards for his work Without Notice at the Sixth Copenhagen International Choreography Competition (CICC), winner of the Hubbard Street Dance International Commission Project, and the Northwest Dance Project Choreographic Residency award. Bryan was invited to create a new work for Springboard Dance Montreal by artistic director Alexandra Wells. He has choreographed for dancers at the Juilliard School, Hubbard Street 2, NDT’s Switch, Ballet Vorpommern (Germany), and The Scottish Ballet. 
In the fall of 2015 he did a creation on Scottish Ballet and in 2016, he will be working with The Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and Tanz Lucerne Theater (Switzerland). His company will premiere the new creation, a rather lovely thing, at Jacob’s Pillow in July 2016 at the Doris Duke Theatre, and Festival Saint Sauveur.

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