choreographer. teacher. dancer.
Alyssa Brutlag is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, teacher, and fitness instructor based in Toledo, Ohio. She tours her own repertoire around the country and has performed professionally for the Pat Graney Dance Company in Seattle. In 2019 she received a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University where she performed works by Aszure Barton, Rennie Harris, Kate Skarpetowska, Joshua Manculich, and Jeremy Blair and was a company member in Western Dance Project under the direction of Whitney Moncrief. In 2018 she was awarded the Maggie Allesee Choreogaphy Award through the Michigan Dance Council. Alyssa’s work has been commissioned by students at Western Michigan University, Contexture Dance Detroit, Young Dancers Initiative and she served as the assistant choreographer for Curtain Up! on Broadway by Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Her choreographic work has been presented at venues such as Western Michigan University, Gibney in New York City, ACDA East-Central Regional Conference, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, 12 Minutes Max in Seattle, RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Dance Shorts: College Film Festival at Arizona State University and has been supported by The Arts Commission.
I am a visceral thinker. My choreography pulls from my extensive curiosity and manifests with character, power, and vulnerability. Musicality drives my work to define a dynamic structure and groove. I approach creation as a communicative study, taking movements from naturalistic forms such as body language and pantomime and abstracting into an eclectic movement vocabulary. By providing a natural base to my movement, my work becomes an expression of the human experience. I create because I believe a powerful statement backed by an audience connection creates a vessel for deeper meaning and change - ultimately choreographing the act of coming together.