Carlos is the artistic director of BALAM Dance Theatre, a contemporary world dance company. He specializes in Baroque, Balinese, and Spanish escuela bolera dances and works as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Known for spirited, elegant performances, Fittante’s choreographies received praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, and Dance Magazine, to mention a few. He has performed his work with the Boston Early Music Festival, Blue Hill Bach Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Gotham Early Music Scene, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Downtown Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Yale University, Princeton University, 2nd Encuentro de Baile Contemporáneo in Mexico, International Arts Festival in Bali, and others.
As a guest artist, Fittante’s repertoire features these eclectic dance solos: the masked Baroque dance, Chaconne de Phaeton, by Louis Pecour (circa 1704); Terunajaya, a Balinese fan dance, and El Vito, a Spanish escuela bolera dance performed with castanets. Dance critic Deborah Jowitt described Amantes, his fusion choreography combining a Balinese mask and Latin pop-music as, “a haunting solo of indeterminate gender”. His choreography ranges from the Baroque operas Dido and Aeneas, Versailles-Portrait of a Royal Domain, and the Prologue to Il Pastor Fido, to the ballet Sita Lost in the Forest, a Balinese/contemporary fusion piece inspired by the Hindu epic Ramayana. He offers master classes and is a movement and gesture coach for independent films. He also creates customized choreographies for diverse communities. A graduate of The School of American Ballet, he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin. He teaches ballet and Introduction to Dance at Queens College: City University of New York.