Santiago (Santi) Rivera is a MFA Student at CSULB. He is a dance educator and choreographer in the Southern California area.
In 2016 he received his B.A. in Drama and minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Irvine. In 2021 he received his Certification in Dance Instruction from Orange Coast College and completed the 2020/2021 Jose Limon Technique Certification Training Program.
He started dancing and training in the competitive world when he was in eighth grade. His training, choreography and teaching methods/styles is heavily focused on the Jose Limon technique and Gaga Movement Language. He made his Off-Broadway debut as a choreographer and performer in 2016 as part of UCI’s New York Satellite Program and his works have been shown in California, New York, Arizona and Texas. His choreography and mission focuses on equal opportunity for the LatinX and BIPOC Queer community in “safe” dance spaces.