June 19-30   |   Ages 18+

An immersive, career-building program that places rising professional dancers in an intimate studio experience with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff.

Artists in today’s dance world must be more than just technicians. Beyond demonstrating skilled technique, dancers are frequently expected to contribute thoughtfully to a choreographic process, transition seamlessly between varied styles of repertoire, and possess strong partnering ability. Dancers can face challenges getting hired if they lack the business skills to communicate professionally with artistic directors, or create supporting application materials that best demonstrate their artistic strengths. In ChoreoLaB, hone both artistic skills and professional excellence through a holistic program that produces in-demand dancers ready to advance their careers. Collaborate with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff in an intimate two-week studio experience at Ballet Hispánico, receiving constructive feedback and guidance along the way.

Program includes:

Note that Ballet Hispánico is unable to provide housing for ChoreoLab students.

Guest Choreographers


A native of Houston, TX, Mario Alberto Zambrano attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the age of 17. He subsequently danced for Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company before retiring as a dancer after a 13-year-long career. Mr. Zambrano’s dance accolades include a 1994 Presidential Scholar Award where he performed at The White House for President Bill Clinton, and a 1995 Princess Grace Award Fellowship.

Moving on to a literary career, he graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow, where he also received a John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Loteria, his first novel, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer pick for Fall 2013, He has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Hawthornden Castle in Scotland.

He is currently working on a new novel and working as a Lecturer in the Theater, Dance and Media concentration at Harvard University where he will be teaching GAGA and Developing a Novel into a Dance.

Check back soon for announcements on more guest artists participating in ChoreoLaB!


 Guest Choreographers


Eddy Ocampo, internationally renowned contemporary choreographer and dance teacher, has created ballets in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Russia and throughout the U.S. He has been commissioned for theater, opera and museum installations, among them premieres at the Landestheater Linz in Austria, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, South Coast Repertory in Southern CA and the St. Petersburg Institut for Contemporary Art in Russia. Eddy has set choreography on such dance companies as Giordano Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Odyssey Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City), Kannon Dance (St Petersburg, Russia), and many regional ballet companies in the U.S. He has also taught numerous artistic residencies for some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Turkey and Russia.
Mr. Ocampo served as school director of the Giordano Dance Center, as well as the director of Giordano II from 2000-2004. He is also the founding artistic director the American Jazz Dance Festival-New Generation in the Russian Republic. Mr. Ocampo has received many national and international awards for his choreography, among them, Mr. Ocampo is the recipient of the Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Awards in 2003 & 2004, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Choreography Award in 2005 & 2007, the National Choreography Recognition Award for Regional Dance America in 2012 & 2104 and has been honored as the 2005 Filipino American of the Year for his contribution to the arts community as a Filipino American. Mr. Ocampo resides in Chicago and is Co-Artistic Director of LEVELdance, a Chicago based, site specific and design based contemporary dance company.


 Guest Choreographers


Taryn Kaschock Russell directed Hubbard Street 2 between 2008 and the spring of 2013. Prior to that, Russell held the position of Rehearsal Director for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In her twelve-year performing career with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet, she traveled extensively, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. During her tenure as director of HS2, she was responsible for programming and staffing the HSDC summer intensives and curating HSDC’s National Choreographic Competition each season. In this capacity,Russell realized her passion for teaching and mentoring young and emerging artists. She has guest taught the Aspen Santa-Fe Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, and is a regular company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has been commissioned to choreograph work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as part of their Danc(e)volve Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has staged existing repertoire on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Russell has composed a number site-specific installations, most notably in collaborative partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institutive of Technology, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has been on faculty at the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase and at the Dance Division of the Juilliard School since the fall of 2014 and has recently been appointed Associate Director of the Dance Division for The Juilliard School.



Tuition for the two-week program is $1,395.

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