Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez
Abdo Sayegh is originally from Venezuela, trained with Ballet Nacional de Caracas Teresa Carreño School, and his early performing career included both of Venezuela’s leading companies: the Ballet Nacional de Caracas under the direction of Vicente Nebrada and Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas under the direction of Zhandra Rodriguez. He has danced in works by Ailey, Barbuto, Loyce and Lise Houlton, King, Limón, Nebrada, Rhoden, Sands and Tudor among others. Abdo danced with Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute, under the direction of Lise Houlton since 1998, becoming MDT/DI’s Associate Artistic Director. He was a faculty member of Minnesota Dance Theatre’s Dance Institute for many years, and presently teaches at the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and TU Dance Center. He has choreographed several works for the Dance Institute, St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists and TU Dance Center Pre-Professional program. Abdo served as a consultant for the educational program at TU Dance Center, and recently was appointed as TU Dance’s Managing Director. He is a recipient of a 2007 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers funded by the McKnight Foundation, and has served as a member of the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists Arts Advisory Council. He was featured in the film documentary SOLO:2x1 directed by Bob Hammel.