Edgar Aguirre is originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala and was raised in Redwood City, California. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2019 with a BFA in Dance Performance. Edgar is most proud of having danced in Donald McKayle's Étude Ensemble and having been awarded the Donald McKayle Scholarship. Upon graduation, Edgar danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Colorado. He toured nationally and internationally, choreographed original works and was a restaging assistant for Donald McKayle’s repertory.
Edgar is now based in Los Angeles, California and is a company member and teaching Artivist with CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater, and has worked as a freelance dance artist and choreographer between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has danced as a Guest Artist with Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Robert Moses’ Kin, Bernard Brown BBMoves, David Herrera Performance Company and Heidi Duckler Dance. Edgar has performed works by Donald McKayle, Katherine Dunham, Lar Lubovich, Michaela Taylor, Ray Mercer, Stephanie Martinez, Roderick George and more. Edgar has performed in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Irvine CA, Denver CO, Raleigh NC, Mexico, Italy, Scotland and China.
Edgar has taught online dance classes for Maui Academy of Performing Arts in Maui, Hawaii and the Non-Profit Organization, Tiempo de Juego in Bogotá, Colombia. Edgar has also traveled to Panama with the Non-Profit Organization, Movement Exchange to teach dance classes and foster an environment of creativity for youth at Hogar San José de Malambo and Aldeas Infantiles SOS Panamá. Edgar has also given lecture demonstrations and has taught Donald McKayle repertory at La Universidad de Panamá in Panama City, Panama.
Edgar choreographs contemporary dance work that is reflective of his personal experience as a Guatemalan-born Latin American, examining his cultural heritage, ancestry and his connection to the Indigenous traditions and folklore of Guatemala. Edgar feels a cultural responsibility and desire to create work that highlights the voices and experiences of the Latine community; furthermore, uplift the voices of the BIPOC community. Edgar has presented his choreography in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Irvine CA, Denver CO, Orlando Fl and Italy. Currently, Edgar has been commissioned as a Guest Teaching Artist and Choreographer at the California State University, Fullerton for the Fall Semester of 2023. In conjunction with his dance career, Edgar has also embarked on the field of body work. Edgar is passionate about fitness and wellness and is certified to provide one-on-one assisted stretching and is also a certified Pilates instructor. He enjoys working with his clients and providing them with the support that they need in order to improve their bodies and achieve their goals.
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