Instituto Coreográfico

Providing young Latinx artists a platform and creating access to the dance-making process for all audiences.

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.

2021 Winter Instituto Coreográfico

December 16, 2021 | 6:30pm

Stay tuned for more information regarding our next Instituto Coreográfico, featuring choreographer Omar Román De Jesús.

Experience our 2021 Spring Virtual Showing

Watch here or on YouTube or Facebook.

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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Previously Selected Choreographers for Instituto Coreográfico

  • 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

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