Artist Bio

Artist Bio:

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Graciano began his early training as a performer in classical ballet and later heavily invested his creative time as an actor. His dreams to become a great and famous actor were superceded by the offer study on a full scholarship at Stephens college for Women where he received a B.F.A. in Dance. At twenty years old he walked away with his degree and threw himself with abandon into the world of dance in New York City. Once there he continued his training with scholarships to the Ailey school and the Taylor School. He has been a member of Ben Munisteri Dance Company, Cortez & Co. Contemporary/Ballet, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, and was a founding member of Dusan Tynek Dance Theater and TAKE Dance Company. In 2001 he danced in the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass opera, White Raven at the New York State Theater. That Fall Robert Wilson personally requested him to be featured in his first production of Aida in Brussels. The New York Times declared Mr. Graciano a “virtuoso star” when he danced in the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 2004 - 2017 and in 2009 he was featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” hailed as a dancer with a “freshness that’s all his own”. Following Taylor he proudly joined The Broadway Dance Lab for the Fall 2017 cycle. He continues to teach in universities across the country and in communities internationally and he is now on faculty at the Paul Taylor School. He is currently an MFA candidate of Dance at the Florida State University. In addition to investigating dance and his own choreography he continues to photograph dancers. His photographs of the Taylor dancers were displayed at the Harding Gallery in San Francisco and the project Piano Movers was exhibited at the Furman Gallery at Lincoln Center in New York City.  In the summer of 2018 he was the sole photographer to be exhibited in the Furman Gallery in tandem with the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. Graciano’s photography has also been published in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, and Dance Spirit. He’s also been a guest photographer for the American Dance Festival and the Hudson River Valley Dance Festival. More photography can be viewed at @ciscograciano on Instagram. He is newly a certified apprentice in the Gyrokinesis® method.