Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Orlando Hernández

Orlando Hernández is an interdisciplinary performer working primarily in tap dance. He incorporates elements of theater, percussion, research, and improvisation to create unique experiences of collective rhythm and reflection. His work has been described as "cathartic, hypnotic, and of its place and time."*

Orlando has presented his dance work in Solo: A Festival of Dance at On the Boards (Seattle), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), the SPACE Gallery (Portland, ME), The Activist Body at Brown University (RI), the DanceNow Festival at Joe's Pub (NYC), and La Casa de Cultura Ruth Hernández Torres (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico). He has received residencies from Yaddo and La Espectacular and funding from the New England Dance Fund at NEFA. He is the 2019 recipient of the Fellowship in Choreography from the RI State Council on the Arts, and a 2019 recipient of NEFA's Rebecca Blunk Fund Award.

As an actor, he has performed in productions by Trinity Repertory Company, the Brown/Trinity MFA Program, Spectrum Theater Ensemble, and Arte Latino of New England. Since its inaugural year in 2016, he has been involved in Trinity Rep & Rhode Island Latino Arts' bilingual collaboration, Teatro en el Verano, as an actor, translator, assistant director, and choreographer.

He collaborated with dancer and choreographer Danielle Davidson and cellist Adrienne Taylor on the piece Arch, which they shared at the Providence Movement Festival (AS220), DanceNow Boston (The Dance Complex), and the Provincetown Dance Festival. As a member of the Boston-based tap dance company Subject:Matter, directed by Ian Berg, he has performed at the Montreal Fringe Festival, the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob's Pillow, the Beantown Tap Festival, and The Yard.

In addition to his collaborative work, Orlando has been developing a series of performances exploring histories of colonialism and diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean. These include Instructions for the Safe Delivery of the Royal Knee (https://vimeo.com/214923625); The Difference Between a Bell-Tower and a Cow, with saxophonist Danny Fisher-Lochhead (https://youtu.be/aumtSPohChY); and The Interesting Narrative of Juan G. Knee-Heart, or An Island Minstrel (https://youtu.be/c0A-RyS-0xs). These pieces thrive in unconventional performance spaces and are designed to be re-set in new sites and contexts.

He has taught tap dance at schools, studios, and non-profits including the Manton Avenue Project, Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, Gordon School, Moses Brown, Trinity Reps' Young Actors Summer Institute, Roger Williams Middle School, Modern Jazz Dance Company, AS220, Brown University, and Steps on Broadway. He works as a teaching artist for Trinity Rep and Rhode Island Latino Arts.

Orlando is available as a touring artist, as well as for workshops in tap dance, improvisation, and interdisciplinary performance practice. You can find him at www.orlyhernandez.com.


*Panel comments for the 2019 Fellowship in Choreography awarded by the RI State Council on the Arts.

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I Have Worked With

  • September 2019

    I was invited to share work in this annual dance festival held at Joe's Pub in NYC. I shared a new piece entitled "Aguacero" to music by Totó La Momposina. Along with nine other choreographers, I was invited to share my piece again in the festival Encore performance.

  • May 2019

    Joined this Boston-based tap dance company, directed by Ian Berg. I have performed with them at the Montreal Fringe Festival, Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow, the Beantown Tap Festival, and The Yard.

  • May 2019

    With dancer and choreographer Danielle Davidson and cellist Adrienne Taylor, performed our piece "Arch" at the Dance Complex as part of DanceNow Boston, curated by David Parker. The development of this piece was funded in part by an Individual Project Grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Tap Dance & Theater Artist
Mailing Address: 
83 Armistice Boulevard
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Physical Address: 
83 Armistice Boulevard
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Literary Arts - Poetry
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Jazz
Theater - General
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Yale University (B.A., Class of 2013)
Rebecca Blunk Fund Award from NEFA 2019 Recipient
RI State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship 2019 Recipient
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Floor that I can tap dance on (I also bring my own platforms to use)
Sound system
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age