David Fernandez – Associate Director

David Fernandez

NYDT Associate Director, Resident Choreographer


David’s most acclaimed choreography, Five Variations on a Theme, was created for New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Joaquin De Luz. The work premiered as part of the acclaimed Kings of the Dance tour. It was performed to standing ovations in NYC, LA, London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. Other notable choreography commissions include pieces created for leading dancers of the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Kings of the Dance Tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix Gala Concert, and many others.

On Film

David is an award-winning filmmaker: His latest dance-on-film accomplishments include the Los Angeles Olympus Film Festival Award for Best Public Service Announcement. David’s award-winning short, Moving Though It — Phases of an Emergency Through Dance, uses a revolutionary approach of making a public service announcement through dance. Created and directed by David Fernandez, the project was commissioned and sponsored by the NYC Emergency Management and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

Other film festival achievements include:

  • Moving Through It; Official Selection Best Short Competitions, 2019
  • White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS, Director, and Choreographer. The short premiered at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2012
  • Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear, Director and Choreographer. Premiered at Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2007
  • Icarus APR, Director, and Choreographer. Premiered at Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2009

In the Classroom

In addition to teaching at the Ohman School of Ballet since 2020 and sitting as New York Dance Theatre’s first Associate Director, David teaches and choreographs for Summer programs including Palermo Ballet Summer Intensive in Italy, New Zealand School of Dance and Academia de Danza Franck in México and is a teacher and filmmaker for the Westport Academy of Dance.

New Works

His newest works are for the Harvard Ballet Company, Dance film for New Jersey Ballet / Premier Spotlight, Virtual gala Center Stage presented by the Washington Ballet, Virtual performance for the Columbia Repertory Ballet, Resident Choreographer at IHeartDance NYC, Choreographer at American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, NJ., Choreographer of Opera Grand Rapids Pirates of Penzance 2022.