Artistic Director

RON DE JESÚS is an internationally recognized dancer and choreographer from Chicago, IL. His talents have taken him through 17 years as a leading dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to choreographic work on many award winning performances. His strength and grace as a dancer landed him in the original cast of the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical “Movin’ Out” and the artistic creative team for Tharp's Frank Sinatra "Come Fly Away" B'way show. As well as performances with widely respected companies including the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Joseph Holmes Dance Theater, and the Chicago Reparatory Dance Ensemble. As a choreographer, Ron’s vision is bringing the power of dance to new levels. He has repeatedly been recognized for his achievements, including awards from the New York Musical Theater Festival’s Awards for Excellence, the Melinda Atwood/Jerry Mitchell "DanceBreak Choreographic Competition," “Ruth Page Award - Outstanding Male Dancer" , “The 2008 Carbonell Award” and the "National Choreographers Initiative" of Irvine, California. Ron embraces clean lines and fluid movement to create performances that captivate and inspire audiences. He has worked with the NBA Ballet in Japan, the Washington Ballet, the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Alabama Ballet, the Sacramento Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Ballet Hispanico, Staatsballet Berlin, BalletMet, Giordano Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Ensemble Espanol Dance Theater, Nexus Project, Chicago Dance Festival and Music Hall of the Performing Arts.

 

Ron was the assistant choreographer for the Madonna and Rose O'Donnell film "A League of Their Own" as a dancers he has appeared in the films "Road to Perdition", "Stay" and Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe”. choreographed for Musicals “Crazy For You”, “The Full Monty”, “Cabaret, Gershwin Foundation at the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts "Richard Rogers Tribute", Opera: “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Commercials Matrix, Aetna, JC Penny, and MAC cosmetics.

 

 Ron established Ron De Jesus Dance with the goal of training and educating a new generation of dancers and choreographers. The company has proven to be a powerhouse in the industry with fresh performances that break the traditional rules of dance. RDJDance is gaining attention with recent performances including the opening of Chicago’s “Dance for Life”, a number in Dance/USA, a sold out performance season in NYC at the Joyce SoHo. Ron aspires to share his passion for dance through RDJDance, making an impact on the industry that transcends his peers.

 

Among his many accomplishments, Ron is the Artistic Ambassador of Northeastern Illinois University, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan, the Artistic Associate for the Stageplays Theater Company, a répétiteur for Twyla Tharp Productions and the Artistic Director of RDJDance.

  • Ron De Jesus Dance 2015