Headshot of Michel - a white man with curly, short, dark hair, slightly scruffy beard, and brown eyes.




Michel Rodriguez Cintra is a Cuban born dancer, choreographer, acrobat, actor and teacher. He graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte (National School of Arts) in Havana, Cuba. Upon graduation he was chosen to join Danza Contemporanea de Cuba where he became Principal Dancer and toured internationally.

After moving to Chicago in 2008, Michel danced with Hedwig Dances, where he performed in addition to choreographing his own works on the company. In 2013 Michel became an ensemble member with Lucky Plush productions, generating multiple roles in various works in their signature devised dance-theater style, and touring nationally and internationally. Michel was a founding member of The Cambrians where he performed and co-choreographed and toured nationally. He has been seen as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Concert Dance Inc,  Khecari and Chicago Moving Company. Other choreographic credits include Solus for Visceral Dance Company, Dance in the Parks, and Lit & Luz Festival Chicago-Mexico City, LatinX Chicago Arts Festival, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and at the Latino Artist Festival at Northwestern University.

Michel performed in the physical play Atalanta for the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival in 2019. Most recently he was seen with Lookingglass Theater as the White Rabbit in Lookingglass Alice. This Spring he debuts his roll as the title character in an adaptation of the story of Don Quixote, Circus Quixotic at the Actors Gymnasium.

At The Dance Center of Columbia College Rodriguez was an Adjunct Faculty member, and currently teaches at The Actors Gymnasium, in Evanston.

Other accolades include being a finalist of the A.W.A.R.D. Show Chicago, by the Joyce Foundation, and he was named one of The Men of 2010 in dance by Timeout Chicago.  In October 2013, he was the recipient of the prestigious 3Arts Award and was featured in Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch 2014.

Michel joined the faculty of the School of Theater and Dance at Northern Illinois University in January of 2023.

Photo by Ben Wardell