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R I C H  L U G O

CHOREOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT

DIRECTOR    |    CHOREOGRAPHER    |    EDUCATOR

DOE Dance Educators Collective 2018 performance

photo by John Suhar

My passion for dance and inspirations for choreography continue to grow.

 

As I continue my artistic journey, I wish to apply my 20 years of dedicated performing arts experience in ways that will serve and nurture individuals and communities.

 

Being a CHOREOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT means furthering the visions of artists by exploring dance as both a storytelling medium and a powerful tool for self-expression.

  • As an ARTISTIC DIRECTOR I have been guided by collaboration, persistence, and attention to detail to produce meaningful dance film projects.

  • My experiences as a CHOREOGRAPHER and PERFORMER have revealed how I can develop movement to communicate effectively. 

  • As a DANCE EDUCATOR I have learned how to provide my students with valuable tools to support and grow their individual artistic voices.

Thank you for taking the time to engage in my work. 

Richard A. Lugo

 

DIRECTOR

behind the scenes of THE INFERNO

photo by Gregory Addison

Shortly after graduating with my B.A. in Dance from Colorado State University, I founded 

DANSPIEK, where I continue to serve as the artistic director. Through film, the company explores an accessible, narrative movement style influenced by my training in martial arts, modern, contemporary, and jazz dance styles. In my collaborations with cinematographers, editors, composers, photographers, and more, I have learned what it takes to produce high-quality content across all phases of film production. It has also taught me how to communicate effectively with dance artists and maximize the impact of their performance.

STAINED GLASS

dance film trailer

CREATED , CHOREOGRAPHED & DIRECTED BY RICH LUGO

SCORE COMPOSED BY 

CRISTHIAN ANDREWS

EDITED BY 

AARON DWORETZKY &

DIANA PANFIL

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY 

LINDA KÄLLÉRUS

This double feature of narrative dance short films explores self-perception and body image as central themes.

DANSE MAKABRE

dance anthology series reel

CREATED & DIRECTED BY 

RICH LUGO

CHOREOGRAPHY BY 

RICH LUGO & SCOTT CURLEY

EDITED BY RICH LUGO

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY 

GREGORY ADDISON

Inspired by the medieval allegory, "Dance of Death," this narrative dance anthology series explores the dynamic relationships that exist between men. 

URBAN VITALITY

music video series

 

'blink'

CHOREOGRAPHY BY 

RICH LUGO & DANCERS

EDITED BY RICH LUGO

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

GREGORY ADDISON

 

This ongoing project featuring post-high school youth from The Bronx exploring their voice through dance-- expressions of struggle, fear, and triumph. 

CHOREOGRAPHER

Ten years of early training as a martial artist-- along with my involvement in high school musical theatre & dance-- led me to pursue Dance further at Colorado State University. There, I refined my skills as a performer and began to explore my artistic voice as a choreographer. While I took advantage of every opportunity to dance at festivals, on campus, regionally, and on tour, I was pulled by the power and freedom in creating meaningful dances of my own. During my time as an undergrad I created 14 pieces, several of which were juried as main stage concert works and in pre-professional tour repertory.  This was the impetus for starting DANSPIEK and the work I develop with my students as a public school dance educator.

photo by Gregory Addison

CHOREOGRAPHY REEL

EDITED BY JUSTIN SCHOLAR

CHOREOGRAPHY BY RICH LUGO

Showcasing signature pieces at CSU and work created as the artistic director of DANSPIEK.

'WONDERING'

music video

ORIGINAL SONG BY TIGER DARROW

DIRECTED & EDITED BY

JUSTIN SCHOLAR

CHOREOGRAPHY BY RICH LUGO

Client choreographic work created for an original song by independent music artist Tiger + Man.

'JEKYLL & HYDE'

csu dance concert

signature solo

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY RICH LUGO

My first original solo explored how every human being has a side he or she hides from the world.

 

'PORTA UT EVERTO INTUS'

csu dance concert

signature group piece

CHOREOGRAPHED BY RICH LUGO

This piece incorporates a full-sized door amongst the dancers. Behind it lies haunting manifestations of a woman's deepest fears.

EDUCATOR

master class at Colorado State University

photo by Bill Cotton

Along with DANSPIEK, I’ve built a career as a NYC DOE Dance Educator at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx. I serve as a teacher and and as a collaborator with my Creative Arts colleagues, where we have produced numerous musicals and themed showcases on campus. My Dance program is built on a foundation of community with my students through a curriculum that nurtures individual artistry. They perform together in pre-professional dance concerts on campus, and have showcased work onstage at the Bronx Borough Arts Festival. We also develop repertory work with guest artist residencies, including RIOULT Dance NY, Limón4Kids, and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. In many ways this path brings me full circle from my training as both a dancer and martial artist.

FHSA DANCE DEPARTMENT

performance reel

EDITED BY RICH LUGO

Features alumni students performing across several thematic dance concerts. Students collaborated to fulfill choreographic tasks & featured solo work.

FHSA VIRTUAL DANCE PIECE

'streetcar' by daniel caesar

EDITED BY RICH LUGO

9th-11th grade students collaborated to choreography, create and film this virtual dance piece in response to remote learning during COVID-19. It explores how dance can move forward in these times.

BRONX BOROUGH ARTS FESTIVAL (2017)

fhsa dance performance

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY WILLIAM CARRASQUILLO,

CELESTE HOLDER, & MADISON RODGERS

This piece was collaboratively created by the students and Mr. Lugo. Based on a theme of "Power" as part of the (IN)EQUALITY Dance Concert that year.

 

Photography by Gregory Addison

Stills by Linda Källérus

Company Founded by Rich Lugo