Nelida Tirado

Summer Guest Faculty

Ballet and dance instructor - N’Jelle Gage - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Nélida Tirado hailed “magnificent and utterly compelling” (NY Times) began her formal training at Ballet Hispanico of New York at the age of six. Barely out of her teens, she was invited to tour the U.S. with José Molina Bailes Españoles and worked as a soloist in Carlota Santana’s Flamenco Vivo, soloist/ dance captain of Compañia Maria Pages and  Compañia Antonio El Pipa, performing at prestigious flamenco festivals and television in Spain and throughout France, Italy, UK, Germany and Japan. She has performed in “Carmen” with the Metropolitan Opera of NY, World Music Institute’s “Gypsy Caravan 1”, “Noche Flamenca” and was featured flamenco star in Riverdance” on Broadway and touring companies. Ms. Tirado was recipient of the 2007 and 2010 BRIO Award for Artistic Excellence, and opened with her company Summer 2010 for Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portoundo for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.  Some highlights include HarlemStage E-Moves, “Amores Quebrados” at the Repertorio Espanol, Valerie Gladstone’s “Dance Under the Influence” 2011 & 2012 in collaboration with the Flamenco Festival USA and collaboration with jazz great Wynton Marsalis at Harvard University and the 2016 premiere of her solo show “Dime Quien Soy” in the Flamenco Festival NY. She was recipient of the 2017 Rosario Dawson Muse Fellow through BAAD!,  2018/2019 recipient of Gibney’s Dance in Process Residence, seen in the Warner Brother’s film adaption of Lin Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights” and featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”.

She most recently completed a bubble residency at The Jacob’s Pillow Lab March 2021. 

Draper Center for Dance Education