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Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Rodney Eric López is an experienced leader, educator, and giving and stewardship consultant. 

Headshot of Rodney Eric Lopez in a navy blazer and white dress shirt.

His diverse professional background includes successful tenures in teaching dance artistry in New York City public schools and beyond; nonprofit training, coaching, and facilitation; corporate communications and public relations; and executive non-profit leadership.


From 2016-2019, Rodney served as Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms in New York City, where he was responsible for leading program growth, supporting new business efforts, training and professional development, and serving as the face of the organization in stewardship of its 20 national and international affiliates. His teaching work with Dancing Classrooms is featured in the Paramount Classics hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. Currently, he is a board member of New Urban Arts and serves as its Governance Committee Chair. He also serves on the board of the Providence Public Library and is a proud member of the Rhode Island Foundation's Equity Leadership Initiative. 

This is a collage of images from the documentary film, Mad Hot Ballroom. They feature movie's DVD cover of two children dancing tango in front of the New York City skyline and three images featuring Rodney Eric Lopez interacting with his students.

Rodney is a master instructor of Latin and social dance. He has taught children and adults the art of dance both for personal enjoyment and as a powerful tool for team and community building for over 25 years. 


Prior to his career in arts education, Rodney was a successful communications and PR professional. In these fields, he served as Public Affairs Manager at North General Hospital in Harlem, Director of Communications for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and Senior Associate for BSMG Worldwide. 


With faith-based practices a core part of his personal life, Rodney also consults with faith institutions in the area of fundraising and stewardship. He is the creator of the Generosity and Abundance Process online course and author of The Generosity Solution.


Rodney holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from New York University where he was a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. He holds a certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship from the Glean Network and Venture for All Program at Columbia Business School. He lives in Providence, RI with his wife Noni Thomas López and has two beautiful sons, Rodney Jr. and Roman.

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Rodney's Story

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