Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Spotlight on Dancer Pedro Gamino

As we continue to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are spotlighting Company dancer Pedro Gamino who is entering his fifth season with Atlanta Ballet. This second generation Mexican American started his exploration of dance with tap classes at just three years old and credits his parents for encouraging his interest in Mexican folk dancing starting at age 9. He studied Mexican folk dance for 5 years before focusing on his ballet training.

A San Francisco native, Pedro began his training with the Academy of Ballet, the School of the Arts High School San Francisco and the School of American Ballet. Pedro began his career with the Smuin Ballet, where he worked with choreographers Michael Smuin and Amy Seiwert. He then enjoyed a stint at Dayton Ballet, where he worked with choreographers Septime Webre and Stephen Mills, followed by time at American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. During his four seasons with ARB, he danced ballets by Val Caniparoli, Lisa de Ribere, Twyla Tharp and Graham Lustig, among others. Pedro joined Atlanta Ballet with wife Abigail Tan and brother-in-law Jared Tan. Since dancing with Atlanta Ballet, he’s danced ballets by Jorma Elo, James Kudelka, Helen Pickett, David Bintley, and John McFall.

Last season, you saw Pedro perform as Trepak, Snow King, Mr. Petrov, and Arabian in Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker; a Capulet in Roméo et Juliette; a Ghost Hamlet in Hamlet; and as a member of The Dream/Subconscious in THREE and a featured dancer in 1st Flash during the MAYhem program.

Pedro Gamino as a Seminarian in David Bintley's Carmina Burana. Photo by Kim Kenney.

Top photo by Charlie McCullers.