Fernando Rodriguez, of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, is entering his first year as a main company member after one year as a performing associate with GDC. He graduated from Grand Valley State University, Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage. He has danced with River North Dance Chicago and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet and became a Resident Choreographer for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet in 2016, dancing from South Korea to Lincoln Center in New York City. Fernando won the 2019 Inside Chicago Dance Choreography Competition with his piece, “Pass Me By.”