The Kennedy Center

Ballet Hispanico


Artistic Director, Eduardo Vilaro,
with Company Dancers Marcos Rodriguez and Jessica Wyatt

Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispanico as Artistic Director in August 2009, fol-lowing a ten-year record of achievement as Founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro is an accomplished choreographer, having created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and others such as the Ravinia Fes-tival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lexington Ballet, and the Civic Ballet of Chi-cago. He has worked in collaboration with major dance and design artists as well as musicians like Paquito D'Rivera, Susana Baca, Luciana Souza, the Grant Park Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2001 he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award in choreography, and in 2003 he was honored at Panama's II International Festival of Ballet for his choreographic work. As a former principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America. He received a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University an MA in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago, where he served as Artist-in-Residence at The Dance Center.

Marcos Rodriguez began his training in the Ballet Concierto Dominicano Academy di-rected by Carlos Veitia. In 2006, he received a scholarship for the "Alicia Alonso" Univer-sity Dance Institute at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Spain. Here he joined the "Youth Ballet of Camara of Madrid" as a principal dancer. In 2010, the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic awarded him with the 2009 Personality of Culture Award. Af-ter graduation, where he received a degree in Choreography and Interpretation Tech-niques of Dance and a Master in Performing Arts, Marcos joined the Dominican National Ballet as a soloist.

Jessica Alejandra Wyatt, received her training from The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Under the direction of Cuban teacher Haydee Gutierrez, she also studied with her mother Elena Carter, former Dance Theater of Harlem and Ballet Nacional de Danza principal. In 2002, Miss Wyatt joined The Joffrey Ballet as an apprentice and participated in the filming of Robert Altman’s “The Company.” She later joined Luna Negra Dance Theater and was a member from 2004-2009. In 2012, Miss Wyatt was nominated for a Bessie Award. This is her fourth season with Ballet Hispanico.

Ballet Hispanico