Steven James Rodriguez Velez
I was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico where I started my first practice of movement while studying martial arts, becoming a black belt at age of 13. Since then, I knew that movement was going to be my passion and transitioned to dance shortly after. I moved to San Juan in 2004 where I was accepted to the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras and studied dance university and founder of the company HINCAPIE. It was there that I discovered my passion for contemporary dance.
By joining HINCAPIE, I was able to dance in the Fiestas Coreograficas festival which is a space for students to develop into choreographers and present their upcoming works. While I was there, I was able to perform in pieces by Petra Bravo, Norberto Collazo, Viveca Vazquez, as well as my own works. From 2006 to 2009 I choreographed pieces such as “Sin sentido un suspiro”, “Vagabundo” and even “Desmembrada” which is a work based on the tragic death of a personal friend. HINCAPIE was a large opportunity for myself to develop as a
choreographer and dancer and work with great Puerto Rican choreographers in not only Puerto Rico, but all over South America.
By 2009, I joined the company ANDANZA which allowed me to dance the repertory of many choreographers from Puerto Rico, Spain, Brasil, Canadá and beyond. I performed my first
Andanza and several other establishments. I moved to North Carolina in 2015 and have been working with several contemporary dance companies including the Black Irish company and Blackbox Dance Theatre.