For over 20 years, Alvin Rangel has enjoyed an international career as a performer, choreographer, educator and artist/scholar. He began his professional career performing ballet and jazz in his native Puerto Rico. Alvin has had the honor of performing in some of the most prestigious performing arts centers in Puerto Rico and the United States: Centro de Bellas Artes de Puerto Rico, Teatro La Perla, Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, NJ Performing Arts Center, Joyce Theatre, New York Live Arts, The Egg, American Dance Festival, among others.
Rangel is an Associate Professor of Dance at California State University-Fullerton, teaching in the areas of dance composition, improvisation, contemporary dance, ballet, Horton technique, African American Concert Dance and dance history. During 2018, Alvin will be traveling to Australia to teach Horton Technique at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association Dance College (NAISDA). NAISDA Dance College is Australia’s premier Indigenous training college with a proud tradition of producing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers since 1976.
Alvin continues to perform with his own company, In-Version Dance Project and as a guest artist the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). In 2016, he performed with DCDC, Donald McKayle’s masterpiece, Rainbow “Round My Shoulder, as part the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance spring season at the Lincoln Center. This performance received the coveted Bessie Award: 2016 New York Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Revival.
His project, Tango Vesre [Inverted Tango] has received international recognition. In 2015, Tango Vesre was featured in the international Kuandu Arts Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. Audiences and the Fresh Fruit Festival Board of Directors gave Alvin the Fruit of Distinction Award for outstanding work in Dance with Tango Vesre during New York City’s 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival. The Austin Critic’s Table nominated the project for Best Short Work and gave Alvin the award for Best Dancer during the 2011-12 season. Tango Vesre has been performed at: Highway Performance Space in Los Angeles (2016), the VII International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013); the Congress of Research in Dance/Society of History Dance Scholars Conference (2013); the Wild Project in New York City (2013); and Dickinson College (2014).
For nearly a decade, he performed with the internationally acclaimed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. At DCDC, he originated roles and worked with Bill T. Jones, Bebe Miller, Dwight Rhoden, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Doug Varone, Debbie Blunden-Diggs and Kevin Ward. He also performed pieces by Donald Byrd, José Limón, James Truitte, Diane McIntyre, Sir Warren Spears, Tally Beatty, Shapiro and Smith, Terrence Greene and David Reuille. He participated in the PBS documentary titled Free to Dance and the American Dance Festival’s film Dancing in the Light. In 2001, while dancing with DCDC, he received the Josie Award for Best Male Concert Dancer. Rangel has also performed classical and contemporary ballet repertoire with Ballet Señorial, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Ballet New England, New England Ballet, Owensboro Ballet Theatre, Woodlands Ballet Theatre, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas at Austin, among others.
Rangel taught, danced and choreographed for Andanza: Compañia Puertoriqueña de Danza Contemporánea and performed as guest artist with Ad Deum Dance Company. Alvin has worked and performed the works of choreographers: Charlotte Boye-Christensen; Alejandro Cervera; Charles O. Anderson; Carlos Ivan Santos; Rodney Rivera; Lolita Villanúa; Randal Flinn; and Lorn McDougal.
Alvin has led master classes and workshops to dancers at university and high school dance programs, community dancers, and professional and pre-professional dance companies in the United States, Russia, Australia, Taiwan, Poland, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico. His choreography has been performed by companies in Mexico, United States and Puerto Rico. Alvin choreographed and co-created an outreach lecture demonstration program for DCDC that toured nationally to 27 cities as part of the Flight Project; which celebrated the 100th year of the first powered flight.
Alvin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, English as Second Language from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin.