Orlando V. Pagan began his training at the age of 13 with the Bronx Dance Theatre and later went on to study at the prestigious High School of Performing arts, Alvin Ailey School of Dance, School of American Ballet, and Jacobs Pillow.
Mr. Pagan studied Ukrainian Folk Dance and in 1987, became a soloist of the Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of NYC for fifteen years under the direction of Roma Pryma Bohachevsky, and instructors such as Madame Valentina Pereyaslavec. He was featured in such ballets as "Vohon", "Fight for Freedom", and "Ikona". The company has successfully toured regions of the U.S. and most notably, Ukraine.
In 2006, he became the Artistic Director of the Syzokryli Dance Ensemble and helped spearhead tours to places as varied as Arizona, Toronto, Edmonton, and Puerto Rico. He has been the head Instructor for all schools under the Roma Pryma Bohachevsky foundation including the RPB School of Ukrainian Dance and has held the position of Artistic Director of both Zolotyj Promin School and Ensemble of Hartford, CT since 1995, and the Mriya School of Ukrainian Dance in Hempstead, L.I. since 1998. He currently teaches for schools in Yonkers, NY. and Passaic N.J. He has also taught for the Dance Theatre of Harlem outreach program under the Artist Residency program, 'Dancing Through Barriers', teaching dance to children in the inner cities of NY.