Omar Román De Jesús (he, him)

Queer Puertorriqueño Artist 

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Photo by Annette Navarro

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Omar Román De Jesús (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a Queer Puertorriqueño choreographer and company director who creates rhythmic narratives through contemporary dance forms, improvisation, and dance theater techniques. He is a 2020 Recipient of The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship (Jacob’s Pillow). Omar has been commissioned to create work on over 20 companies and pre professional schools including: The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Limón Dance Second Company, Ballet Hispánico’s Instituto Coreográfico, MOVE NYC, Bruce Wood Dance, Jacob Jonas The Company, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Whim W’him, Parsons Dance, The Ailey School, Kennesaw State University, James Madison University and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

 

Omar was commissioned twice by Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña to create work for the International Dance Festival of Puerto Rico where he was awarded the Ambassador of Dance medal. His stage work has been awarded top recognition through the Joffrey Academy of Dance's Winning Works Choreographic Competition, Whim W’him’s Choreographic Shindig, The Dance Gallery Festival, and Reverb Dance Festival. His 2021 screendance, Los Perros del Barrio Colosal, has been viewed by audiences in over 20 countries and was awarded Best of Screen Dance International and Best Choreography and Best Narrative of ReThink Dance Film Festival. In 2021 Omar’s work toured to ENDANZANTE (Colombia), Chop Shop: Bodies of Work (Seattle), and PRISMA International Dance Festival (Panama). 

Omar is currently teaching as faculty at The Ailey School. He is fond of education and has experience teaching workshops and master classes all over the world for dancers, special needs communities, people with physical disabilities, and marginalized communities. 

 

Dance Background 

Omar began his formal training at the School for the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Omar was a member of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico from 2006-2011. During this period, he won the Championship Cup and Gold Medal at the National Dance Competition in Puerto Rico. He received a scholarship to the Ailey School in 2011, and after two years, he began his professional career in the modern and contemporary dance world. He has toured nationally and internationally with Yin Yue Dance Company, Ballet Hispánico, Parsons Dance, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and Sleeping Beauty Dreams featuring Diana Vishneva. He has performed and led works by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Trey McIntyre, Kate Skarpetowska, Jennifer Archibald, Carlos Pons, Ephrat Asherie, and Yin Yue. Omar had the honor of performing at the 2018 TITAS Gala representing Ballet Hispánico, and he is proud to have danced at BAM Fisher, NY and the 2019 Schrittmacher Festival in Germany, where he performed an evening-length show by Yin Yue. Omar collaborated with Erin Sullivan on an Interactive Projection Workshop titled Spine Lines, which was presented at Yale University - Center of the Collaborative Arts and Media.