Pedro Ruiz

Biography

Pedro Ruiz is a celebrated choreographer and dancer, born and trained in Cuba, as well as in Venezuela. In December 2014, Ruiz was appointed Associate Artistic Director of Endedans, a contemporary ballet company in Camagüey, Cuba. Ruiz is the first Cuban-American given an official position with a Cuban dance company. During his 21-year career as principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico, he also choreographed three critically acclaimed ballets for the company, taught master classes and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Central and South America. Currently he is on the staff of The Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College, Pace University, and was recently named Resident Artistic Director of the Arnhold Graduate Dance Program at Hunter.  Some of his works have been performed by: Ballet Contemporaneo Endedans de Camagüey, Cuba; Danza Contemporanea de Cuba; Danza del Alma,  Santa Clara, Cuba; The Joffrey Ballet; Luna Negra; The New Jersey Ballet; Dance Theatre of Harlem;  Opus; Nimbus; The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; The Harvard Ballet; The Ailey /Fordham BFA Program;  Marymount College BFA program; the International Gala “Notte Di Stelle”in Italy; The School of Ballet Nacional de Cuba; President George Bush’s Birthday Celebration; and The 50th Anniversary Gala of Goya with Tito Puente and the Boston Conservatory. Ruiz has performed at the White House for several presidents and is the recipient of a Bessie Award, the Choo-San Goh Award, The Cuban Artist’s Fund, and The Joyce Foundation Award. The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation honored Ruiz in 2011, and the FBI honored him for his Public Service in 2011. In 2010, Ruiz founded The Windows Project—a groundbreaking cultural exchange program celebrating the art of dance between the U.S. and Cuba. Ruiz has been the subject of two PBS documentaries: Pas de Deux (part of the “In the Life” series), and the Emmy nominated Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home. Ruiz’s choreography is featured in Ballet Hispanico: Club Havana which premiered at Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance