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Faculty, Draper Center for Dance Education

Fidel Orrillo Puga

Fidel Orrillo Puga was born in Lima, Perú, and studied with his Aunt Stella Puga in Trujillo, Perú. At age 13 he received a scholarship to the renowned National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba, directed by Alicia Alonso, where he performed with the school and the National Ballet of Cuba. After his graduation, he was offered a contract and danced for 4 years in Ballet de Camagüey in Camagüey, Cuba. Mr. Orrillo Puga has danced in several companies in South America and the Caribbean as a guest and most recently was a Soloist in Ballet del Teatro Municipal in Trujillo, Perú, and a Principal Dancer in Ballet National of Perú in Lima. While in Lima, he worked with Martin Padrón, who invited him to dance with him in Paris and later in Spain. Mr. Orrillo Puga is also on staff at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, the official school of the Rochester City Ballet, where he is a Principal Character Dancer and Guest Ballet Master. Along with teaching he also coaches dancers for international ballet competitions. Mr. Orrillo Puga is an Adjunct Professor of Classical Ballet Technique at Nazareth College.