By Steve Sucato for Pointe Magazine
Each step along Alejandro Cerrudo’s 24-year career, he’s planted the seeds for his next area of growth in the dance field. Born in Madrid, he first became a dancer, then a choreographer and, most recently, the producer of his own dance projects. Now, the 41-year-old is taking his next step, as Charlotte Ballet’s new artistic director. On April 7, the company announced he would follow outgoing director Hope Muir, who recently left to take the helm of the National Ballet of Canada.
It will be Cerrudo’s first time leading a company. As a professional dancer, he performed with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. As a dancemaker, he has created over 25 works that have been performed by over 20 professional dance companies around the world. Cerrudo was Hubbard Street’s first-ever resident choreographer from 2008–18 and became Pacific Northwest Ballet’s first resident choreographer in 2020 (a position he will continue). Some of his other accolades include the 2012 Joyce Theater Foundationʼs Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance, the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012), and a 2014 USA Donnelley Fellowship.
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