Artistic Director Alan Obuzor with students of Texture Ballet SchoolTexture Contemporary Ballet is a dance company that creates and presents dynamic, creative dance works that are filled with energy and passion. Texture presents original, innovative choreography, where artists fuse their classical ballet foundations with an array of other styles of dance and movement textures to showcase ballet in a way that is engaging, approachable, relatable and current.

Alan Obuzor is the founder and Artistic Director of Texture Contemporary Ballet, which was founded in 2011, and the Texture Ballet School, founded in 2019. Alan began dancing at the age of nine, and enrolled in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School two yeafrs later. After joining their professional company at the age of 17, Alan danced a variety of principal and soloist roles in classic ballets, and originated soloist roles in new works. Since his choreographic debut in 2002, Alan has choreographed more than 90 works, including many for Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Image: Artistic Director Alan Obuzor with students of Texture Ballet School

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By early March 2020, businesses small and large were shutting their doors. Events across the state were being canceled with no word on rescheduling. Schools were shifting to virtual learning. The coronavirus pandemic was taking hold of our communities in unprecedented ways. And Pittsburgh-area artists were left with no upcoming exhibitions, shows, residencies, performances, or gigs - essential sources of income.

Three Pittsburgh-area artists and community organizers were among the first to take action in support of the creative community. Julie Mallis, Joshua Orange, and sarah huny young - all personally affected by the pandemic - started the PGH Artist Emergency Fund on GoFundMe. Within two days, $10,000 had been raised to benefit local artists. At the time, artists could apply for up to $250 through the fund to help offset financial losses due to cancelled gigs and jobs.

Joshua Orange, sarah huny young, and Julie Mallis

Joshua Orange, sarah huny young, and Julie Mallis

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