Instituto Coreográfico gives a voice to young artists and opens access to the dance-making process for all audiences.
When Ballet Hispánico was founded nearly 50 years ago, Latinx artists were invisible to the dance field. Since its founding, Ballet Hispánico has played an instrumental role in changing the narrative - now, generations of Latinx artists have produced art that reinterpret their heritage, bringing fresh perspectives on the Latinx experience. In 2010, Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro launched Instituto Coreográfico, a choreographic institute for Latinx artists to create culturally specific work in a nurturing learning laboratory of dance. The choreographer in residence is paired with an emerging filmaker to document their process, create promotional materials, and add a layer of artistic collaboration.
Instituto Coreográfico also invites dance patrons to respond, reflect, and enter into cultural dialogue with the artists about dance and culture in a safe, critical environment at a work-in-progress showing during the choreographer’s residency. With this invaluable platform, Ballet Hispánico continues to give a voice to young artists and opens access to the dance-making process for all audiences.
Omar Román De Jesús (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a recipient of the 2020 Jacob's Pillow: The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship. He has been commissioned twice by Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico to create work for the International Dance Festival of Puerto Rico, where he was awarded the Ambassador of Dance medal. Omar has won choreographic competitions including the Joffrey Academy of Dance's Winning Works Choreographic Competition and the Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig. He has received awards including the Audience Award at The Dance Gallery Festival, 1st place prize at the Reverb Dance Festival and the Parsons Dance GenerationNOW Commission for their 2017 Joyce Season. He has also created work for Bruce Wood Dance, Jacob Jonas The Company, and educational institutions like The Ailey School, James Madison University and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. This fall, his work was presented at PRISMA International Dance Festival (Panama), ENDANZANTE (Colombia), Chop Shop: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival (Seattle), and will be presented at the upcoming Jerusalem International Choreographic Competition.
Omar is fond of education and has experience teaching workshops and master classes all over the world for dancers, non-dancers, and children on the Autism Spectrum.
Experience our 2021 Spring Virtual Showing
See what Instituto choreographer, Marielis Garcia, has been up to in the studio! Catch a first-look at a newly developed dance in this work-in-progress showing on June 10 filmed by our Instituto filmmaker, Spencer James Weidie. Eduardo Vilaro hosts a live Q&A after the showing joined by choreogapher, Marielis; mentor, Kimberly Bartosik; and Company dancers, Amanda del Valle and Lenai Wilkerson.
Major funding for Instituto Coreográfico was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"As a dancer here back in the 80s, I could count on my hand the number of Latinx choreographers that would come through the door…[Instituto Coreográfico] is a way of nourishing, mentoring, and developing leaders and artists of color, in particular Latinas and Latinos."
-Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO
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Marielis Garcia, 2021
Ramón Oller, 2019
Maria Barrios, 2019
Bennyroyce Royon, 2018
Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, 2018
Carlos Pons Guerra, 2017
Stephanie Martinez, 2016
Fernando Melo, 2015
Michelle Manzanales, 2015
Miguel Mancillas, 2014
Rosie Herrera, 2013
Abdul Latif, 2012