Rogelio Lopez is a dance renaissance man working professionally as a choreographer, dancer, designer and teacher. His education has been multifaceted through the study of dance, art, and design culminating with an MFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach. He is the artistic director of Rogelio Lopez & Dancers established in 2015 and has shown work in such Bay Area venues as Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Dance Mission Theater, CounterPulse, The Garage, Temescal Arts Center, Green Room at the SF War Memorial and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Rogelio Lopez’s works speaks through his Queer, Mexican-American, Immigrant voice in which he uses his past and present experiences to create intimate and universal storytelling. Rogelio has and continues to have a fulfilling life as a professional dancer having worked for many wonderful contemporary dance artists including Keith Johnson, Holly Johnston, Hope Mohr, Cathy Davalos, Mary Armentrout, Deborah Slater, Nina Haft, Christy Funsch, Nol Simonse, Andrew Merrell, Shaunna Vella and Randee Paufve. He is frequently sought after for his work in lighting, costuming and scenic design. Companies he has designed for include Keith Johnson and Dancers, Nina Haft and Co, Paufve Dance, and Vella and Merrell.
Rogelio is currently the director of the MFA in Dance at St. Mary’s College of California and teaches regularly at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley. He has been a choreographic presence throughout the California college dance scene over the past decade, where he has created many works chosen to be performed at the American College Dance Association’s annual festivals, some of which have been presented in the gala and national performances. Rogelio continues to seek out new experiences in the world of dance art through his many collaborations and work learning, cultivating, and sharing as he goes.