Cesar has training in many dance disciplines such as Modern, Jazz, Street Jazz, Latin Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Hustle and Salsa but has recently celebrated 33 years of Vogue dance experience. He has created his own signature style of Vogue: Pop, Dip and Spin with grace and precision, combining traditional military style hieroglyphics with acrobatics and spins. In 1988, he walked his first ball in Harlem's Elks lodge where he won and quickly became a fixture in the ballroom scene winning many coveted trophies. Cesar has appeared in music videos with Toni Braxton, Carmen Electra and K7, as well as in the documentaries “The House of Tres,” “Voguing the Message” and “Paris is Burning.” Cesar most recently appears in the Netflix series “The Get Down.” He is currently a faculty member of The Alvin Ailey Extension where he teaches the first official Vogue class in Ailey's history.
A respected educator, speaker and performer, Cesar has been asked to participate regularly in panel discussions and workshops at Pace University, SUNY Purchase and Indiana University, as well as the International Ballroom Convention and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). He has also led Vogue workshops at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA), Vibrant Flow Escape (VFE) Dance Festival in Dominican Republic, Cultural Arts Center of Washington Heights, Harlem Dance Club, Brown Girls Burlesque, Berlin Vogue Out, Pride for Youth, Advanced Street Style Lab and The Ailey School’s BFA students. Worldwide performances also include Japan, Italy and Germany, with invitations to judge, perform and teach workshops at Funkin’ Styles Berlin, Meeting Hip Hop in Sao Paolo, Brazil and back home at NYC’s House Dance International Festival, Men in Skirts at Tompkins Square Park’s Howl Festival, Back to Tabac NYC Pride Extravaganza and the Bronx Museum.
A master craftsman and designer, Cesar also creates an exquisite array of one-of-a-kind garments, costumes and accessories for high-end boutiques as well as friends, fellow performers and celebrities alike. In 2018, his keen ability was utilized and showcased in the Platinum Award Winning Windows at Bloomingdale’s (design:retail's Best Windows in New York). He has modeled for fashion publications Gear, Details, Vanity Fair, Spanish Vogue and Blue Magazine. He has worked behind the scenes at New York’s Olympus and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and served as casting and wardrobe supervisor for BET’s Rip the Runway. Cesar continues to work as a runway and performance coach for both established and upcoming models and performers. His powerful yet delicate Vogue skill has also been seen on Good Day New York, True TV w/ Seth Rogen, the Simply Be commercial campaign in the UK and the upcoming film Live in Manila shot on location in The Philippines. Stay tuned!
Read An Oral History Of Voguing By A Pioneer Of The Iconic Dance by Ja’han Jones for Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cesar-valentino-vogue-alvin-ailey_us_5b11857ce4b02143b7cc4b63
Read The History and Impact of Vogue with Cesar Valentino: https://urec.wsu.edu/special-events/paris-is-burning-the-history-and-impact-of-vogue-with-cesar-valentino/