Choreographer, Director, Artistic Consultant, Educator
Dexandro “D” Montalvo is a San Francisco based choreographer, dancer, dance educator, and currently serves as Artistic Director for Dance Theater of San Francisco.
Born and raised in New York, Dexandro began dancing professionally at 14 and began instructing dance classes one year later. After obtaining his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase College, he was offered a contract in San Francisco. Since then, Montalvo has had the pleasure of working with many talented choreographers and completed his professional dance career after performing for Robert Moses' Kin for six seasons.
His work has appeared in numerous music videos, television shows, and international venues and he has appeared on the MTV, BET, Telemundo and Fox networks. As a dance educator, Dexandro has taught at many schools including Stanford University, SUNY Purchase College, and continues to teach at the University of San Francisco (USF), Dominican University of California (LINES BFA Program) LINES Ballet Training Program & as well as the ODC Dance Commons. Dexandro also serves as Assistant Director of ODC’s pre-professional teen company.
As a choreographer and director, Dexandro has had the pleasure of dancing and setting works for many different companies, schools, and music videos. Some of Dexandro's choreographic experience includes works on Robert Moses' Kin Dance Company, Liss Fain Dance Company, LINES Ballet Training Program/Summer Program, The Black Eyed Peas, MINI (USA), Mini Amp Live, Concept o4, Dance Mission’s Dance Brigade, Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center, Cardinal Ballet, University of San Francisco Dance Ensemble, Marin School of the Arts, & the ODC Dance Jam (ODC’s teen pre-professional company).
In 2015, Dexandro “D” Montalvo became the Artistic Director of the contemporary ballet repertory company, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, after a year of being a resident choreographer. Critics responded with resounding enthusiasm to DTSF’s new and focused direction in his debut season in 2015. Under his leadership, Dance Theatre of San Francisco was nominated for four Isadora Duncan Awards in his premier season. DTSF won two of the four nominations including “Outstanding Choreography” for his new ballet, “Pent”. In addition to his awards with DTSF he was also the recipient of an Isadora Duncan Award for his choreography in “Art Behind Bars” in 2014 and also nominated for another award for the work he choreographed for the Robert Moses' Kin Dance Company “Impulse” in 2015.
“…a man who, before retiring from dance to devote his full attention to DTSF, danced every style from hip-hop to modern, and has been employed by an impressively wide-range of companies around the city. With that sort of resume, you might think that his direction could get a little muddy. But if you’ve seen any of his past work … you’ll know that experience under his belt has done nothing more than create a voice that is very much his own. “
- SF Weekly