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Eduardo Vilaro

Eduardo Vilaro, 40
Artistic director, Luna Negra Dance Theatre

Residence: Gold Coast

“I used to blow off my martial arts class to take ballet,” says Eduardo Vilaro. But it’s not as if his family would have disapproved of the switch. Vilaro is, after all, Cuban. “If you’re born Cuban, you’re shaking your butt in the crib. It’s in the DNA.”

Born in Havana, Vilaro immigrated to New York with his family in 1969. After studying dance at Adelphi University on Long Island, he joined Ballet Hispanico of New York, where he danced for nine years. Looking for more growth opportunities, he moved to Chicago and founded the Luna Negra Dance Theater in 1999. “I wanted to create a springboard for Latino artists looking to do something more contemporary,” he says.

When it comes to relationships, Vilaro’s looking for someone who can laugh out loud and not be overly conscious of himself. “In the gay world, it’s often all about looks and career titles, anything superficial,” he says. “I want someone who looks beyond that.”

Email Eduardo at cm_evilaro@yahoo.com

Photography by McArthurphotography.com

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