Haley Kostas is a 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 UMKC Dance Conservatory, Kansas University, Kansas City Fringe Festival, and City in Motion’s Dance in The Park. 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 (Soulescape The Company), 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.” 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 includeserving as an adjunct professor at the UMKC Dance Conservatory, faculty member at Kansas City Ballet, founder & director of Defy Dance Project, and guest teacher for Muse Dance Project, Harbour Dance Centre of Vancouver, Canada, and Pineapple Studios of London, England. Her most recent work, “in the red” a collaboration with musician and composer Conner Giles, debuted at the 2018 Kansas City Fringe Festival held at The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Kostas is currently training under Peter Chu of Chuthis, and studying Gaga, the movement language of Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), as a vital element of her teaching philosophy is “forever being a student” as she continues to expand her own dance education and movement research.