Welcome, my name is Mauro Villanueva and it is my honor to be the new Director of Joffrey Texas. As a student of the workshop myself this is truly a full circle moment. It was because of this workshop and the guidance of Buddy and Susan Trevino that I was inspired to and was able to achieve a career as a dancer.

As a professional I grew most when I received one on one coaching and critiques. Working intimately with people like Gerald Arpino, Sir Anthony Dowell, Freddie Franklin of The Ballet Russe, Twyla Tharp and so many others greatly shaped my growth as an artist. It is my aspiration to transfer these type of personal experiences to the students of Joffrey Texas.

We have always been a smaller program and unlike other larger programs our classes have and will remain small and students will continue to train for the greater part of each day. This type of intense schedule will give an example of what it is like in a professional setting. We will also continue to work with the Gerald Arpino Foundation so that students have the chance to learn and/or perform the works he created for the Joffrey Ballet as the company’s co-founder, Resident Choreographer and Artistic Director.

Additionally, I am excited to announce that we have teamed up with the long standing dance convention LA Dance Magic in a program called BRIDGING THE GAP. This program is intended to connect convention dancers to concert dance, colleges, commercial dance and continued dance education. LADM has given away more than $200,000 in scholarships this year alone and we are privileged to be considered a worthy collaborator.

The future is not possible without the past and with that knowledge we move forward as an organization with utmost respect to what has come before us. We look forward to inspiring more young artists and hope to see many eager faces at an audition in 2017!

Mauro Villanueva


Joffrey Texas, founded by Robert Joffrey in 1978 as The Joffrey Workshop Texas, is proud to provide the highest level of dance education to young artists. In our effort to achieve this goal our faculty and staff continually educate themselves in the most current methods of dance education while drawing from the fundamental lessons established by Mr. Joffrey.

Joffrey Texas is looking for 100 eligible students who are of high intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Classes run Monday through Saturday and include ballet technique, pointe, men's technique and contemporary dance. Students also participate in pas de deux, repertory rehearsals, lectures, character dance, music for dancers and career-related seminars. There are two Sessions each summer to provide the most appropriate program for young dancers.


Session I

Session I, a three week program, is formatted to provide a pre-professional experience. In addition to daily technique classes and seminars students participate in the creation of new works for the final performance. Working with choreographers teaches students to be open to new ideas and to explore their own creative abilities. In addition to new works, students may also be chosen to perform ballets choreographed by Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino.


Session II

Session II, a two week program, is formulated for the student who wants to focus on improving their technical foundation. Daily technique classes are the most important part of this experience. While also participating in the final performance, these pieces are structured as lecture demonstrations so that more time can be given to improving technique, musicality and execution of material.

 Both Sessions will be held on the campus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

The workshop culminates with a public performance.

Click Here for Expense Info

Session 1 Cost: (for 21 days)

Tuition: $2,625.00
Room: $630.00
Board: $630.00
Reception Fee: $35.00
Transportation: $75.00

Total: $3,995.00

Session 2 Cost: (for 14 days)

Tuition: $1,750.00
Room: $455.00
Board: $455.00
Reception Fee: $35.00
Transportation: $75.00

Total: $2,770.00




Traditional class attire, including pointe shoes. No photos or resumes needed.


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Audition video must be no longer than 8 minutes in length and should include the following:

  • Barre exercises (Plies to Grand Battements - one side only)
  • Center: Adagio, Pirouettes, Petite Allegro and Grande Allegro 
  • Ladies: include two to three center combinations on pointe
  • Gentlemen: include two to three men's combinations
  • DVD must be labeled with the following: Student Name, Age, Address, Contact Phone, and Email address

DVD audition videos and materials may be sent to the following address:

Joffrey Texas
P.O. Box 33865
San Antonio, TX 78265

Please send the following along with your Video/DVD:
• $35.00 non-refundable video audition fee (cash only)
• Note: materials will not be returned

Students who are accepted into either session will be notified by email no later than 30 days after materials are received.

For any further questions or information, please contact:

Current Faculty


Mauro Villanueva


Mauro grew up in San Antonio and studied dance with the Treviños and attended Joffrey Texas. He later finished his studies at the Nutmeg Ballet before joining the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. There he danced many principal roles around the world by renowned choreographers such as Kylian, Tharp and Wheeldon. He has since left the Joffrey to teach, choreograph, and dance as an independent artist.


Buddy Trevino


Abelardo Treviño is a San Antonio native. “Buddy” began his dance training at age 11 and went on to receive full scholarship to Academia National de Danza in Mexico City. Later he joined the Ballet National de Mexico and toured for many years. Upon his return to the States he and wife Susan established the dance program at the University of Incarnate Word working with students of all ages. In 1978 Robert Joffrey began hosting his annual workshop with the help of the Treviños.


Susan Trevino


Susan Treviño is an Oklahoma native and danced for several regional companies and the renowned Ruth Page Ballet Company. As a professional choreographer she has created over 100 works for her students at the University of Incarnate Word and for other well know groups including Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. She is a member of the National Society of Arts and Letters, was named Emissary of the Musses by the mayor and was inducted to the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 1990.


Trinette Singleton


Trinette grew up and received her early dance training in Massachusetts. She later went on to train at and then join The Joffrey Ballet. She toured extensively dancing works by many notable choreographers like Arpino, Balanchine and Tudor. Trinette was the first dancer to appear on the cover of Time magazine for her original role in Joffrey’s multi-media ballet Astarte. She is also currently on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and DeSales University.


Diane Orio


Diane Orio began dancing at age 8 in her native New Jersey. She later studied at the School of American Ballet and then joined The Joffrey Ballet in 1968 where she danced for more than ten years. Later she became ballet mistress for the company working under Robert Joffrey’s guidance. She has lead dancers through ballets for choreographers such as Tharp, Kylian, Ailey, Feld and Arpino. Mr. Joffrey brought Diane to be on faculty at his first Texas Workshop.

nathalie marrable

Nathalie Marrable


Nathalie is from and began her dance studies in South Africa. She went on to study at the Joffrey Workshop TX, Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and others. Nathalie continues to work on Broadway and other commercial and theatrical productions. She has worked with major artists like Madonna, Rihanna, Michael Buble and many more. She has been on both sides of the camera in TV and film here in the United States and in Istanbul, Turkey where she currently resides.


Tye Love


Tye Love is from Dallas Texas. In his early years he trained with Lisa Slagle and John Magnus. Tye continued his education at the University of Oklahoma and received his B.F.A. in 2009 under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt. In 2010 he joined and danced for the Oklahoma City Ballet for four years. Tye has since returned to the University of Oklahoma on a Graduate Fellowship program.


Kenny Borchard


Kenny Borchard is an alumni of Idyllwild Arts Academy and the University of Arizona.  Since graduating Kenny has worked on television and commercial projects with credits including a featured role on TruTV’s Fake Off, What Not to Wear, Toyota Pruis, Mobbed, and Lifetime’s Petals on the Wind.  Kenny has worked with many dance companies including Odyssey Dance Theatre, Solevita Dance Company, Pacific Festival Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre. Kenny was a closing cast member of “Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” at Disney’s California Adventure.   
Besides dancing Mr. Borchard has a begun expanding his resume by assisting the marketing and production of Los Angeles Dance Festival which will have another season in the spring of 2016.  



Richard Abrahamson

Richard Abrahamson joined the Joffrey Workshop Texas music faculty in 1987. He currently serves as music director for the dance division at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Abrahamson has accompanied classes taught by masters such as Robert Joffrey, Erik Bruhn and Maria Tallchief. Richard studied at Oberlin College, Texas Christian University, and the Juilliard School, and is a member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance.


Shawn Ellison

Shawn Ellison, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, began playing the piano at age eight. His former band, Native Sun, was voted Best Jazz Band in the Austin Chronicle in 1990-92. In 1998, he toured Japan with the Legends of Rock. He is currently the musical director of Something's Afoot, a dance program for elementary school children. He is also currently working with the Austin Jazz Workshop, a program that brings jazz education to elementary schools.

john fry

John Fry

John Fry is from Ohio and received his Masters of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He later went on to receive his Doctorate of Piano Performance at Ohio State University. John has been company pianist for the Atlanta Ballet and the Houston Ballet. He is currently an accompanist and educator at University of Oklahoma.


Jaime Carini

Jaime Carini is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated as a Presidential Scholar from the University of Tulsa with the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Theory. Ms. Carini has spent her years since graduation at the University of Tulsa Chorale, Tulsa Ballet, Barthelmes Conservatory and is a part of the American Organ Institute.


Dennis Passmore

Mr. Passmore has been a pianist since 1970. He has worked with dance legends such as Igor Yousekevitch, Agnes de Mille and Robert Joffrey. Dennis’s signature sound is an improvised repertoire which he uses for both class and performance. Dennis teaches various styles of piano, specializing in jazz piano. He performs regularly at the Petroleum Club, Weston Center and other venues. He has been a part of The Joffrey Workshop Texas since shortly after it’s inception, over thirty years ago.

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