Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Evan Schwarz is a Swiss/Austrian/American freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He received his early training from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and later trained at The Juilliard School, in New York City, graduating in 2014. Upon graduating from Juilliard, Evan began working with Ballet Bern in Switzerland, and thereafter National Dance Company Wales in the United Kingdom before deciding to pursue a freelance dance career in 2018.
Evan has had the pleasure to dance repertoire and new creations by Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, Marcos Morau, Maxine Doyle, Roy Assaf, Twyla Tharp, Guy Weizman & Roni Haver amongst others. Throughout his career, Evan has danced across the United States, Europe, Asia, as well as the Middle East. He has also worked on various commercial jobs including the Riyadh Closing Ceremony in Saudi Arabia and the BBC Television Series “Brave New World” in the UK.
As a teacher, Evan has had the opportunity to work with artists internationally in numerous dance companies, as well as academic institutions and professional training programs. These include the following; Henny Jurriëns Studio Amsterdam, De Studio Rotterdam, Conny Janssen Danst, De Stilte, Ballet Bern, Tanz Luzern, Tanzhaus Zürich, fabien prioville dance company, Rob Heaslip Dance, Profitraining (Basel/Luzern), National Dance Company Wales, Codarts, Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, ZHdK; Zürich University of the Arts, Balettakademien Stockholm, The Juilliard School, Advanced Dance Institute Barcelona, Utrecht Center for the Arts, and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Working deeply with outreach programs, Evan participated in the Gluck Community Fellowship, bringing collaborative artistic performances to residents of hospitals, hospices, and similar institutions in the New York metropolitan area. Additionally, he participated in the New Orleans Service Project where he built houses for those devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and facilitated team building exercises with youth through activities in relation to the arts. Expanding his leadership skills, Evan found himself engaging in numerous positions including acting as a representative to his colleagues both at The Juilliard School and Ballet Bern, and helped guide young artists through the Colloquium Peer Mentorship program. Later in his career, he has become a mentor to young professionals offering assistance in navigating the dance scene both within freelance as well as institutions.
Evan has presented his own work at Next Generation Bern, Tanzplatform Bern Competition (both as a participant within the choreographic competition, as well as the festival’s opening choreographer the subsequent year), Okayama Symphony Hall in Japan (in collaboration with traditional Japanese musical artists of Shidara), Café Belcampo in Amsterdam, The Juilliard School, and early on at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. During COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Evan teamed up with acclaimed Taiwanese Artist, Kevin Liao, creating an online interdisciplinary duet between movement and music whilst in lockdown.
Evan is the recipient of the Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance in 2014, a 2010 National Foundation of Advancements in the Arts; YoungArts awardee, and winner of the 2010 Richard Carpenter Competition. He is also a Music Center Spotlight Award semi-finalist as well as a Sunny Brown Federation award recipient.
Evan has performed as a guest artist with various companies including Le Grand Théâtre de Genève (CH), Art of Spectra (SE), Cie Opinion Public (BE), Balich Worldwide Shows (SA), Impermanence Dance Company (UK), National Dance Company Wales (UK) and Thang Dao Dance Company (USA) and fabien prioville dance company (DE).
Evan is a brand ambassador for Lanced and sits on the board of the Daniel Barkan Stichting. He continues to freelance internationally with his base in the Netherlands.