Fernando Carrillo

Fernando Carrillo trained at the Ailey School in New York City and has been a professional dancer, a dance teacher, and has been practicing the Horton Technique for over three decades. At UNCSA, his objective is to inspire students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to pursue their goals by providing an inclusive and supportive atmosphere that fosters agency and individuality.

Carrillo has taught at Butler University, Marymount Manhattan College, Adelphi University, University of Iowa, NYU's CAP21 Musical Theatre Department, The Ailey School, The Julliard School, Kirov Academy of Ballet, JKO School at ABT, Joffery Ballet School, Feijoo Ballet School, STEPS on Broadway, Peridance Center and more. He has led international Horton workshops in Japan, Mexico, France, St. Maarten and French Guiana. 

I want my students to feel the right to freedom of expression, and I foster the best possible working and learning environment. My strength is being able to evaluate a room quickly to act with the proper approach. My approach is that of progressive thinking, building on my awareness that every individual learns in a different way.

Fernando Carrillo

Career Highlights

  • Performed at Carnegie Hall with Soprano, Jessye Norman (Choreography by Milton Myers).
  • Performed the solo “Ready” from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations for Alicia Alonso in Cuba at the 40th Anniversary of Compañia de Ballet de Cuba.
  • Performed with Ailey II.
  • Performed with Ballet Hispanico.
  • Performed with The Lion King - Broadway 1st National Tour.
  • Performed with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
  • Performed with Chippendales of New York - Featured Dancer.
  • Performed with The Los Angeles Mexican Dance Company: Ballet Folklórico de Mexico.

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Hollins University - Life Experience Fellowship.
  • University of Iowa - Iowa Arts Fellowship.
  • The Ailey School - Multiple Scholarships.
  • Humboldt State University - C.S.U. Summer Arts.


  • American Guild of Musical Artists
  • Actors' Equity Association


M.F.A. DanceHollins University