McCormick Family Foundation Awardee
Michel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba and graduated from the Cuban National School of Art in 2003. He began dancing as a company member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba in 2003 and became a principal dancer in 2006 participating in the International Theater Festival of Havana, Biennale of Venice, Temps D'Images of Dusseldorf, and Sziget Festival in Budapest, performing in England and Mexico, and teaching workshops in Spain. He has worked with notable choreographers Jan Linkens, Kenneth Kvarnstrom, Samir Akika, Cathy Marston, Luca Bruni, Rafael Bonachela, George Cespedes, Susan Marshall and Andrea Miller. Rodriguez moved to Chicago in 2008 and began as a company member with Hedwig Dances. In 2010, Rodriguez was named one of “The Men of 2010” by TimeOut Chicago and began dancing with CDI/Concert Dance Inc. Rodriguez has also made several appearances with Khecari Dance Theatre and has worked with the Chicago Moving Company as a guest artist. Rodriguez is currently working with Ben Wardell on Nexus Project, a two man show to premier in the Fall of 2013 and joined Lucky Plush Productions as an ensemble member. He became an Adjunct Faculty Member in January, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago teaching Modern Technique. As a choreographer he has premiered MOI AUSSI, WALKING, and POR DENTRO for Hedwig Dances and was honored to become a finalist in the A.W.A.R.D. Show 2010 for MOI AUSSI. In 2012, Rodriguez was commissioned to choreograph FINDING THE BALANCE for the Repertory Performance Workshop/Faculty Concert at Columbia College Chicago.