Born in Cuba and raised in New York City, Eduardo Vilaro moved to Chicago to pursue a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College after performing with Ballet Hispanico for nine years. In 1999, he founded Luna Negra Dance Theatre, dedicated to showcasing the richness and diversity of Latino culture. Vilaro returned to Ballet Hispanico in 2009 to succeed its founder, Tina Ramirez, as Artistic Director.
Eduardo discusses his time in Chicago in detail, which includes his association with Columbia College as both a student and faculty member and his founding of Luna Negra Dance Theater in 1999. He reflects on his 10-year directorship, explaining his goals and vision for the company, his decision to leave, and the circumstances surrounding its demise in 2013.