BLACK BOYS DANCE TOO
Elijah began his professional career as an artist at the age of eight, under the direction of Robert Townsend on the Black Family Channel. Mr.Avraham later studied ballet and musical theater at world renowned institutions such as Interlochen Center for the Arts, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, EMIA, University of the Arts and Philadanco! However, Elijah did not begin to reach his maximum potential as an artist until he was adopted and molded by Tony-Award winning choreographer and director, George Faison.
As a visionary, In 2010, Elijah Avraham founded "The Maharva Project", a theatre company which produced theatrical works for prestigious organizations including the United Nations General Assembly, Celebration of Black Writing Festival, NAACP, Brian Mengini's Barre Boys, Philadelphia's Arts Sanctuary and University of the Arts. Elijah later went on to join the theatre and dance faculty of Harlem School of the Arts under the artistic direction of Aubrey Lynch where he was the assistant choreographer for Disney's Inaugural production of Lion King Jr. In 2013 He was promoted to Studio Operations Manager at Harlem School of the Arts, developing a dance curriculum for young men which inspired the culmination of Black Boys Dance Too, in 2014, a dance production company created to promote men of color in dance, which received the Harlem Arts Festival Young Patron Award 2015 and 2016.
Elijah went on to make his debut as a theatre director and playwright at Brooklyn Center for the Arts where he was commissioned to direct, choreograph and co-write, “The Birth of Our Savior”. A nativity story to illustrate the holy miracle of the birth of Yeshua and his authentic judaic origins using live music and dance. Additionally, he became the founding Associate Artistic Director for Judah International Dance Theatre and Brooklyn Center for the Arts in Brooklyn, New York, where he was the resident choreographer as well.
With a successful career in educational leadership and arts administration, Elijah felt the desire to return the stages. As a soloist He has performed at The Apollo Theater, National Black Theater, Kimmel Center for the Arts, Merriam Theater, Cotton Club, Alvin Ailey Citi-Group Theater, and Faison Firehouse Theater. His professional theatre and television credits include: Cabaret, as Cliff (2019), A Chorus Line, as Richie (2016) Oprah Winfrey Network's Greenleaf Season 2 & 3 (2018) Dreamgirls as Jimmy U/S (2016), Black Nativity (2015), The Wiz 40th Anniversary Tour (2015), Onsite Opera: Gershwin's Blue Monday (2013) , The National Black Arts Festivals’: Mirandy & Brother Wind as Brotherwind (2009); and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company’s: Black Nativity and The Wiz (2008,2007) and Celebrity Cruises sister brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises (2020).
After losing employment due to the coronavirus pandemic, Elijah found himself homeless in New York City without any opportunity in sight. Causing Mr. Avraham to relocate to Atlanta in 2020 where he began working with award winning choreographer Anthony Burrell, most known for his work with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Lifetime's Dance Moms. Mr. Burrell is the founder and Artistic Director of Anthony Burrell Center for Dance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment and exposure of underprivileged youth in urban communities. In 2021 Elijah Avraham was promoted to Associate Director of Anthony Burrell Center for Dance to join his administration team where he is still actively involved and overseeing programming. Most recently Mr. Avraham has transitioned back to his love of cruise ship entertainment with the most exciting cruise line on earth, Carnival Cruises. Elijah is the first black dance supervisor at Carnival Entertainment where he is responsible for the stage direction and choreography for Carnival Cruises Production Shows. Mr. Avraham, is humbled and honored to be able to continue his dream of creating space and opportunity for BIPOC in the entertainment industry. This is only the beginning.
GOD LOVES US!