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Joaquin De Luz

Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

joaquin-de-luzJoaquin De Luz was born in Madrid and received his training at the Victor Ullate School of Ballet. He danced with Victor Ullate Ballet Company from 1992 until 1995. In August 1996, he joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as a soloist. With Pennsylvania Ballet, he danced leading roles in La Bayadère, Diana and Acteon, Don Quixote, Paquita Suite, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, as well as George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?

Mr. De Luz joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1997 and was promoted to soloist in 1998. His repertory with ABT included the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère (choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa), the Red Cowboy in Billy The Kid (Eugene Loring), the first sailor in Fancy Free (Jerome Robbins), Benno in Swan Lake (Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov), and leading roles in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Clark Tippet) andTheme and Variations (George Balanchine).

Mr. De Luz joined New York City Ballet as a soloist in 2003, and in January 2005, he was promoted to the rank of principal dancer.

Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB
Since joining NYCB, Mr. De Luz has danced featured roles in:
George Balanchine’s:

  • Ballo della Regina
  • Coppélia (Frantz)
  • Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”
  • Donizetti Variations
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Cavalier, Tea, and Candy Cane)
  • Harlequinade (Harlequin and Pierrot)
  • Jewels (“Rubies”)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon)
  • Symphony in C (Third Movement)
  • Tarantella
  • Theme and Variations
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Valse-Fantaisie
  • Vienna Waltzes

Peter Martins’:

  • Jeu de Cartes
  • The Magic Flute (Luke)
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • Octet
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre)

Jerome Robbins’:

  • Andantino
  • Brandenburg
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Dybbuk
  • Fancy Free
  • Four Bagatelles
  • The Four Seasons (Fall)
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Interplay
  • Other Dances
  • Piano Pieces

and Christopher Wheeldon’s:

  • Mercurial Manoeuvres

Mr. De Luz originated a featured role in:

  • Jorma Elo’s Slice To Sharp
  • Peter Martins’ Romeo + Juliet (Tybalt)
  • Wayne McGregor’s Outlier
  • Christopher Wheeldon’s Shambards

Other Performances
Mr. De Luz has appeared as a guest artist in numerous dance events as well as with the Ballet Mediterraneo with Fernando Bujones and with American Ballet Stars 1997 Tour of China.

In March 1996, Mr. De Luz won the Gold Medal at the Second Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary.  In February 1997, Mr. De Luz was awarded the Rising Star prize by Seven Arts Magazine in Philadelphia. Mr. De Luz represented Spain at the Expo ’98 in Lisbon, dancing in the gala Stars of Spanish Ballet.

Q&A with Joaquin De Luz from Indianapolis City Ballet on Vimeo.


Evening With The Stars 2009
Evening With The Stars 2011
Master Class Teacher 2012