DIRECTOR / EDUCATOR
Mr. Villanueva grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He began his dance training with Shawn Knife and later joined the University of Incarnate Word Ballet School. At age 16 Mauro attended a summer course and consequently studied for two years at the Nutmeg Conservatory in Connecticut.
In August of 2000, Mr. Villanueva joined the Joffrey Ballet as an apprentice and later received a full company contract.
During his thirteen years at the Joffrey Ballet he danced many ballets by world renown choreographers, was a union representative for the artists twice, and was one of two dancers chosen to participate in the search for the new artistic director. He appeared as a representative for the Joffrey Ballet and on television and radio in Chicago, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Manila, Philippines.
Mr. Villanueva retired from the Joffrey Ballet to pursue a career as an independent artist, teacher, coach, and choreographer. He has worked for Barak Ballet, Intermezzo Dance Company, Ballet San Antonio, The Jacksonville Symphony and others. He has taught at the Colburn School, Edge Performing Arts Center, Regional Dance America Mid-States and Southwest Festivals, The New Orleans Ballet Association and The New Jersey Ballet. Mr. Villanueva is happy to be in his second year directing Joffrey Texas.
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.
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.
Susan Szabo was trained by Sharon Dante, founder of the Nutmeg Ballet and danced as a soloist with the Nutmeg Ballet from 1978 to 1982. Susan graduated from the Teachers’ Training Program at the Albano Ballet and continued to hone her teaching and pedagogical training in the Vaganova method, which she uses as a base for her children’s training programs. For over 30 years she has overseen the children’s rehearsals and training at the Torrington School of Ballet - Nutmeg Ballet. She remains a mainstay and is known for her extensive knowledge of the children’s syllabus. Ms. Szabo is joining the Joffrey Texas faculty to lead the classical ballet classes of Session III - The Fundamentals.
Trinette Singleton was a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet for nearly twenty years. She was thrust into national prominence in 1967, appearing in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created on her by her mentor, Robert Joffrey. She was the first American dancer to appear on the cover of the national news magazine - Time.
Currently, Trinette is Co-Artistic Director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, PA. She is also on the faculty at DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. In 2010, Trinette was appointed to the Board of Directors for The Gerald Arpino Foundation. She is on the Advisory Board for Cecchetti USA and has recently been made an Honorary Member of Cecchetti International-Classical Ballet.
Trinette holds her Licentiate, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, London, England, and her Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, DeSales University.
Originally from Shreveport, LA, Bailey Anglin began her training at Carol Anglin Dancenter where she was a member of Louisiana Dance Theatre and was featured in Gala performances of Regional Dance America, International Ballet Competition/Jackson, and Tanzsommer Austria Festivals. She furthered her education by studying at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation from KAB, Bailey accepted a traineeship with the Richmond Ballet. She attended numerous summer intensives including Kirov Academy of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Richmond Ballet and Ballet Austin. She has taught for summer intensives including Ballet Austin and Michigan Ballet Academy. As a dancer, Bailey has performed classical repertoire as well as contemporary choreography by Robert Battle, Christopher Huggins, Dianne Maroney-Grigsby, Billy Siegenfeld, Chet Walker, Stephen Mills, and more. Bailey recently completed her second and final season with Ballet Austin and has relocated to New York City.