Michel Rodriguez Cintra is a Cuban born dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte (National School of Arts) in Havana, Cuba. Upon graduation he was chosen to join Danza Contemporanea de Cuba where he became Principal Dancer and toured internationally.
After moving to Chicago in 2008 Rodriguez danced with Hedwig Dances, where he performed in addition to choreographing his own works on the company. In 2013 Michel became an ensemble member with Lucky Plush productions, generating multiple roles in various works in their signature devised dance-theater style, and touring nationally and internationally. He has been seen as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Concert Dance Inc, Khecari and Chicago Moving Company. Rodriguez performed in Atalanta, a play in the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival in April, 2019. In 2022, Rodriguez will appear in Lookingglass Theater’s Alice Through the Lookingglass. At The Dance Center of Columbia College Rodriguez was an Adjunct Faculty member, teaching modern dance technique. Michel was a founding member of The Cambrians where he performed and co-coreographed and toured nationally The Nexus Project and Clover. Other choreographic credits include Solus for Visceral Dance Company, Dancing in the Parks, and Lit & Luz Festival Chicago-Mexico City, LatinX Chicago Arts Festival, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and at the Latino Artist Festival at Northwestern University.
In 2010 Rodriguez was a finalist of the A.W.A.R.D. Show Chicago with his work Moi Aussi and was named one of The Men of 2010 in dance by Timeout Chicago. In October 2013, he was the recipient of the prestigious 3Arts Award and was featured in Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch 2014.