I make abstract socio-political work , exploring the dichotomy revealed by these topics through the use of extreme physicality and gentle softness.
I believe creating art is a revolutionary act.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico.
Started out dancing at 16 in a small studio in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Did my bachelor's degree in Mass Communications at Middle Tennessee State University, where I also formed part of MTSU Dance Theatre. There I trained with Marsha Barsky, Kim Nofsinger, Jenna Kosowski, Kim Kastlenik , Erin Rehberg and guest artists such as Stefanie Batten-Bland, Cynthia Gutierrez, Patty Foster and Jesse Zaritt.
In 2014, I returned to Puerto Rico and associated myself with CoDa 21, contemporary ballet dance company under the artistic direction of Denisse Eliza. With CoDa, I danced works by Septime Webre, Denisse Eliza, Nacho Duato and Jesús Miranda as a guest artist.
In 2015, I helped found Claroscuro, contemporary dance collective. We've been able to create original works, offer job opportunities to dancers and educators, travel to international dance festivals, participate in two residencies, and further the contemporary dance education in Puerto Rico.
My work has been commissioned by Puerto Rican and US companies like Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico, Ballets de San Juan, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Claroscuro, and Portland Ballet in Maine. I've also had the pleasure of choreographing for theatre in Billy Elliott: The Musical and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Since 2015 I've offered contemporary dance workshops and classes around Puerto Rico and am a faculty member at Beyond Dance Studio, Innovaciones Danzares, Ballet 646, and D'Danze Studio.
I love performing, choreographing and educating.
Fernando Ramos © 2019