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. 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 ballets by world renown choreographers, was a union representative for the artists, 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, The New Jersey Ballet, and Eglevsky Ballet. Mr. Villanueva is also part of Cultivating Better Tomorrows, a company dedicated to educating dance communities in diversity and inclusion.
DIRECTOR / EDUCATOR
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 Odyssey Dance Theatre, Solevita Dance Company, Pacific Festival Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre and others. Kenny was a closing cast member of “Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” at Disney’s California Adventure.
Besides dancing, Mr. Borchard assisted the marketing and production of Los Angeles Dance Festival in its early years as a festival. As an educator, Mr. Borchard has taught on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center's Children and Teen Program and has taught as a guest educator around the country. Mr. Borchard is also an adjudicator for various national competitions. Kenny is also part of Cultivating Better Tomorrows, a company dedicated to educating dance communities in diversity and inclusion.
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 invited Ms. Diane to be on faculty at his first Texas workshop. We are grateful that Diane continues to return to Joffrey Texas share her wealth of knowledge.
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.
Jared Oaks, one of the leading young ballet conductors in the United States, is Music Director of Ballet West. Since joining the company in 2008, Jared has conducted at the Capitol Theatre and Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, the Kennedy Center, Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, the Wortham Theater in Houston, and the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis. He is also in demand as a collaborative pianist throughout the country.
Jared studied with renowned conductors Terence Kern, Ronald Staheli, and in masterclasses throughout Europe and North America. He is a fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and co-founder of the Composer Discovery Initiative.