Mariano Zamora González (He/Him), is a Costa Rican artist residing in New York City. He began dance training at Jazzgoba Dance Academy and later continued at CityDance School & Conservatory in Washington DC. He accepted a scholarship to pursue a BFA in Dance from the University of Southern California under the direction of Jodie Gates. Mariano strongly values family and aspires to be part of a dance company that is run as such; as his passion to move emanates from human connection and physical contact. Being an aesthetically driven person, he enjoys visuals such as drawings, photography, and film and is interested in gaining inspiration through other’s specific visions. He aspires to continue traveling the world to engage with different cultures to better understand his creative mission. Additionally, he acquired a minor in Architecture to combine his visual and kinesthetic talents with functionality of form and space.
He is devoted to the improvement of arts education in Costa Rica to bring awareness of the advantageous benefits of stimulating creativity, by leading a project to encourage youths to follow artistic avenues against predominant Latin American stereotypes, later in his career.
He has learned and performed works by: William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite, Barak Marshall, Jerome Robbins, Ohad Naharin, Francesca Harper, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Alejandro Cerrudo, Matthew Neenan, amongst others. Mariano is eager to explore various platforms, on concert stages, commercially, and through media entertainment, as his artistic career takes off around the world. This will be his first season with Ballet Hispánico.