2020 Winning Works Choreographer

Durante Verzola has choreographed works for Pennsylvania Ballet II, Ballet Dallas, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Goucher College, School of Pennsylvania Ballet, Peabody Dance, and Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.

His work has been described as “sharp and witty...so vibrant it is almost like a celebration of classicism and vitality with non-derivative balletic language…he continues to present classical ballet vocabulary in unfussy, thrilling ways,” by Philadelphia Dance. The Philadelphia Dance Journal praised him as “a choreographer on the rise, with a gift for designing space and succeeds at directing moving bodies [with] a sophisticated blend of theatrical flair and carefully crafted movements,” and Explore Dance wrote, “For a 20-something choreographer, Verzola startled with his inventiveness via straightforward balletics.”

Verzola is from Lansing, Kansas. He began his training with Marisa Paull and continued at the Kansas City Ballet School and Kansas School of Classical Ballet.

At 16, he left home to train with the Miami City Ballet School and attended summer courses at School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. He danced with Pennsylvania Ballet II and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in works by Balanchine, Robbins, Wheeldon, Keigwin, and Petipa.