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Lex Ishimoto – Bio

Lex is a professional dancer as well as a choreographer. He was born and raised in Irvine, California, and is considered one of the most versatile artists of our time. Most recently he is featured in a CLI Studio film choreography by William Forsythe “The Barre Project” with ballerina Tiler Peck, and was the winning finalist of the popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”.  Lex has toured with prestigious dance conventions such as NUVO, 24 Seven, Jump, and The Pulse. Lex was inspired to start dancing by his sister and has been trained in jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, ballet, and contemporary styles. He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor at the Helen Hayes Awards for his role in Billy Elliot the Musical. He began working professionally at an early age, being on the 1st and 2nd national tour as Billy on Billy Elliot the Musical. His contemporary solos by mentor Zak Ryan Shlegel (company member of the renowned “Shen Wei Dance Company), lead to an “Outstanding Choreography Award” for two years in a row at the Youth American Grand Prix, he won the Teen Male Dancer of the Year at the 2014 Dance Awards as well as the grand finalist and winner at the Spotlight Awards in 2015.  At YAGP he advanced both times to the finals in NYC and earned the title, “Teen Male Best Dancer of the Year” at the Dance Awards, as well as being titled ‘Elite Protégé’ on The Pulse On Tour. Touring with dance conventions from the all over the United States and internationally, he has assisted the top choreographers in the industry. In 2015, he won the “Youth American Grand Prix Award” at YAGP Los Angeles Regionals. Also placing as a finalist at the National Young Arts Foundation in 2016 and in the same year trained at the Boston Ballet in the Trainee program and was promoted to the 2nd Company the following year. Currently a freelance performer and educator as well as dancing for Emmy Award winner Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Co, Lex tours internationally and has been flown internationally such as Canada and Japan to teach and perform for multiple showcases and Galas.