Jorge Laico

Jorge Laico was born in Manila, Philippines. He received his dance training at Manila Metropolis Ballet and then joined the professional ranks at Philippine Ballet Theater.

During his 18-year professional dance career in the United States, he danced with Atlanta Ballet under Balanchine dancer Robert Barnett.  He later joined Eugene Ballet-Ballet Idaho as principal dancer, and he also danced with Tulsa Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, and Lexington Ballet.  He was featured in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de duex and Stars & Stripes, Marius Petipa’s Le Corsaire, David Allan Greer’s Capriole Suite, Dennis Nahat’s Quicksilver, Robert Sund’s Carmen, and Stephen Mill’s Naughty Ones, August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, and the Nutcracker among others.

After his performing career, he taught at the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Escuela Municipal del Teatro in Ribarroja del Turia, Spain, Pennsylvania Governor School of the Arts, and Cirque du Soleil.  He was appointed Artistic Director of Wilmington Ballet Academy of Dance in May 2009.   He has choreographed and restaged several classical and contemporary ballets such as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, 12 Dancing Princesses, Brigadoon, Piazzolla Suite, and Ave Maria. In 2014, he founded the Wilmington Ballet Junior Company, for serious students as an ideal springboard for young dancers, bridging the gap between their pre-professional dance training and joining a professional dance company.

Mr. Laico has taught beginner, intermediate, advanced, pas de duex, pointe, male and female solo variations.  Some of his students have professionally joined New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, English National Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet.  He has trained and coached dancers who have won medalists and awardees at the prestigious International Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix in New York.  To further his teaching knowledge, Mr. Laico has attended teaching and choreographic workshops with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Alonzo King Workshop, and Regional Dance America.