Doriana Sanchez

Doriana Sanchez

Dance & Quarantine Creations Category Judge

Doriana is an Emmy Award and two-time American Choreography Award nominated Choreographer and Director. She is a World Choreography Award recipient for Concert Choreography for the Cher D2K Tour. Her love of Dance and Movement has allowed her to create in all areas of stage and media, and her productions have been seen in nearly every large scale arena in the US and abroad. 

As a long time collaborator with Legendary Icon Cher, Doriana has Created, Directed and Choreographed the superstars extravaganza performances, including the “Dressed To Kill Tour”, which met with rave reviews. Doriana also Conceived, Directed and Choreographed Cher at the Colosseum during its three year, 200-plus sold out performances at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. 

Her work can also be seen in the Love Hurts, Believe and Living Proof tour, which was honored with four Emmy Awards including Outstanding Musical Variety Special.  Over three million people saw the show during its 325 performances.  It ranks as one of the most successful tours for a female artist, grossing over 200 million dollars.  Doriana was also nominated for an Emmy for Best Choreography for the show’s HBO special. Most recently, Doriana has acted as Creative Consultant for Classic Cher at the Park Hotel in Las Vegas. For the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, she Directed and choreographed Imaginarium for European Grand Illusionist David Goldrake, which  received rave reviews.  Currently her work can be seen on Cher’s Here We Go Again Tour.

Stage credits include, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, at the Lunt – Fontanne theatre on Broadway, Senor Discretion Himself, at Arena Stage for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Choreography, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, which was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best new Musical, The Night is a Child, at Pasadena Playhouse and Blade To The Heat at the Mark Taper Forum. 

Circus Creation and Direction, The Galaxy Stars Circus in China, Circo Fantastico, an all Latin Circus, and Odyssey for Princess Cruises. 

Additional Directing and choreography credits include, Video Games Live, Jane’s Addiction’s Jubilee Tour, Perry Farrell’s Porno for Pyros Tour, Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Tour, Dirty Dancing Concert Tour (2 weeks Sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, and multiple shows and creations for Holland America Cruise Line. 

She has worked with musical legends Shakira, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Frankie Valli, and David Foster, musical prodigies, Jackie Evancho and Charice, as well as comedy superstar Ellen DeGeneres.

Doriana received a THEA award for outstanding achievement, for Resorts World’s Crane Dance, in Singapore Harbor, the largest animatronic water and video spectacular in the world and was director and choreographer for Festive Walk’s Lake of Dreams also at Resorts World.

Corporate clients include, Redken, Target, Toyota, Mattel, Canon and Crayola.

Television credits include the The Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, Divas Live, Euro VMAs, Blockbuster Awards, Be Good Johnny Weir, 16 seasons as Resident Choreographer on Fox’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance, Disney Channel, Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular, The Oprah Winfrey Show, GMA, The Late Show and Dream School USA for the Sundance Channel.

Doriana continues to teach master classes and lectures in Dance, Movement and Healing throughout the world, as well as developing new artists. 

She is proud to be an Ambassador for the Global Dance Initiative, and is a Producer for idance4aCURE, benefiting pediatric cancer and brain tumor research. She is honored to be a UCLA NEUROSURGERY COURAGE AWARD recipient, and is a grateful brain tumor survivor.