Alvaro Montelongo

Interview Highlights
Q: What has been your professional dance journey, and how did you come to dance with Alonzo King Lines?
Pre-professional was all over the place. I started in Guadalajara when I was 14. After that, it was accelerated study because 14 years old is a late start in ballet. I went to the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, then the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School. After that, I did four years at the University of Southern California. I got lucky with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. I just started with Lines in August.

Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
Basically, my drive is gone. I am doing yoga in the morning. My body has been in pain so I am letting it rest for now. Instead, I have been turning to the things I have always wanted to do but haven’t had time for. I am really into musicals, and I am starting to write a musical with this newfound time. I was with Lines and we were on tour in Italy at our first performance when the outbreak began. We were having breakfast and we received an email saying we had to pack our bags and that we were leaving at noon. We fled Italy and waited in France for a week.
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Alvaro Montelongo is a multifaceted dancer, writer, producer, and choreographer from Guadalajara, Mexico. He currently dances for Alonzo King Lines Ballet. In his early years, he trained in ballet at Academia de Danza Doris Topete, and then went on to train at Fomento Artístico Cordobés. Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, and The Ailey School. Most recently, he received his BFA from the Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California.