Mauro Villanueva

I grew up in San Antonio and trained at the University of Incarnate Word. Upon completing my dance education I was asked to join the world renowned Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. During my thirteen years at the Joffrey Ballet I danced works by ballets most influential choreographers, was elected as a union representative by my fellow artists, negotiated multiple collective bargaining agreements, and was one of two dancers chosen to participate in the search for a new artistic director. In addition to touring the country, I was also fortunate enough to live and dance in Los Angeles and New York City.

Currently I direct Joffrey Texas, a dance workshop that brings exceptional training to students around the state and country. I also enjoy choreographing and directing ballet and contemporary ballet productions. My work ranges from short competition style dances to full length productions of The Nutcracker which included the oversight of a symphony, set designs, costumes, lighting, a children’s choir, and nearly 200 student dancers.

Lastly, I co-founded a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm called Cultivating Better Tomorrows. We produce authentic and innovative programming and our creative learning model provides a welcoming place for self-reflection and knowledge building.

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