University of Arizona
School of Dance

Al Blackstone

Arizona Jazz

Dance Showcase

September 27-29, 2024

Featured Faculty

Al Blackstone is an Emmy-winning director, choreographer, and educator. His passion for bringing people together to experience something meaningful drives him to make dances, tell stories, and encourage joyful connection. Born in New Jersey and raised in a dance studio, he has called New York City home for more than a decade. In that time he has created emotional work for the stage and screen, thrown dance parties for charity, and introduced hundreds of people to one another. With a deep love for jazz dance, his choreographic work often uses storytelling to remind us of the beauty and fragility of being alive.

Inspired by generations of dance educators before him, Al’s dance classes are known around the world for their positive energy and unifying structure. His influence can be see in many of the young teachers and choreographers of today and he is proud to have been a faculty member of JUMP Dance Convention, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway since 2012. He has been in the dance documentary UPROOTED and has been a guest artist for many universities including Marymount Manhattan College, Point Park University, The University of the Arts, and Pace University. Al is the co-founder of MOMEN NYC, an NYC-based brand focused on providing memorable experiences for adult dancers, deepening their love of dance and strengthening their sense of togetherness. He resides in Queens with his husband Abraham and has kept a journal since he’s 12. Al is short for Albert.