Successful choreographer and dancer Vergi Rodriguez has worked with a multitude of names within the music and dance industries. A New York Native now based in Los Angeles she has toured the world and has worked with some of the most recognizable names in the entertainment industry.
Rodriguez grew up in Astoria, Queens, New York and began her career when her mother enrolled her in the Harlem Children's Theater Company. She starred in several off-Broadway musicals where she performed as a singer, dancer, and actress. She was later accepted into the world-renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the school made famous by the movie and television show “Fame.”
Rodriguez began to work in the Latin Music industry as a choreographer after she graduated. She choreographed for several artists including El General, Tito Puente Jr., and various other artists. She choreographed for a Latin Rap group that began her touring life as a dancer through South America and parts of Europe. Vergi returned to New York after touring and secured a spot with the New Power Generation Dance Company (NPG). This took her to Minnesota where she soon got the opportunity to work with Prince and his then wife and artistic director, Mayte Garcia. It was during rehearsals at the world famous Paisley Park Studios that Vergi was asked by Los Angeles choreography duo Nightmare Creations, to input some of her choreography into the New Power Generation show, and later moved to Hollywood.
After working with Prince, Rodriguez moved to Los Angeles. Since that time, she has appeared in music videos, international tours and award shows with performers such as Jennifer
Lopez, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Jessica Simpson, Jay – Z, P. Diddy, Mario Winans, Jordan Knight, Meshell N'DeGeocello and B2K. Rodriguez was the choreographer for reggaeton
artist Don Omar's music video “Conteo”, which was featured the “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”
soundtrack. Rodriguez also choreographed for the late Whitney Houston at the 2006 Soul Train Awards. She toured Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the USA with Jamaican-American reggae singer and rapper Shaggy.
Vergi's work has since graced stages around the globe, but she also has worked on television shows such as “Dancing With The Stars,” MTV's “Scratch and Burn,” and feature films like Universal Pictures' “Honey” and Disney's “The Hot Chick.” She has also been sought after as an expert in the commercial dance world like for Canadian TV show “Killer Comebacks” where she was asked to talk about her experience working with Britney Spears. She was recently asked to judge and provide her expertise at various competitions including the California State Pageant “Miss California Latina.”
Recently, Vergi received a certificate of Commendation from the Los Angeles Mayor's Office , Eric Garcetti for being selected for the NewFilmMaker L.A.'s “On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project.” This project screened her music video from her first Spanish language single “Quieres De Mi.” It allowed filmmakers, like Vergi, to showcase their talent while making short films/videos about some aspect of Los Angeles in a positive light.
Vergi has always wanted to showcase dance in film and reach a worldwide audience through the power of cinema. She is currently moving into producing Film and TV projects.