Mr. Villanueva grew up in San Antonio, Texas.  He began his dance training at the age of six with Shawn Knife.  At age nine he joined the University of Incarnate Word Ballet School directed by Buddy and Susan Trevino, Co-Founders of The Joffrey Workshop Texas.  He trained there for seven years and attended The Joffrey Workshop Texas in the summers.  In 1998 he 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 two years later received a full company contract.

During his thirteen years at the Joffrey Ballet he danced many ballets throughout the world by renowned 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 has appeared as a representative for the Joffrey Ballet and on television and radio in Chicago, San Antonio, and Manila, Philippines.

Mr. Villanueva retired from the Joffrey Ballet in May of 2013 to pursue a career as an independent artist. He is a dancer, educator, coach, choreographer and has been named Co-Director of The Joffrey Workshop Texas.


Celebration. Arpino

The Clowns. Arpino

Confetti. Arpino

Light Rain. Arpino

Reflections. Arpino

Round of Angels. Arpino

Suite Saint Saens. Arpino

Trinity. Arpino

Viva Vivaldi. Arpino

Cinderella, The Prince. Ashton

Les Patineurs. Ashton

A Wedding Bouquet. Ashton

Square Dance. Balanchine

Stars and Stripes. Balanchine 

Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Balanchine

Motown Suite. Byrd

To Know Her. Byrd

Laurencia pas D'Action. Chabukiani

Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio. Cranko

The Taming of the Shrew. Cranko

Creative Force. Dean

Sometimes it Snows in April. Dean 

Giselle, Albrecht. Franklin after The Ballet Russe

Petrouchka. Fokine

The Merry Widow, Camille. Hynd

Postcards. Joffrey

The Nutcracker, The Prince. Joffrey 

The Green Table, Young Soldier. Jooss

Pretty Ballet. Kudelka

Forgotten Land. Kylian

Crossed. Lang

Age of Innocence. Liang

Woven Dreams. Liang

Billy the Kid. Loring

Smile with my Heart. Lubovitch 

Othello, Iago. Lubovitch 

Les Pressages. Massine 

Rodeo. de Mille

Les Noces. Nijinska 

Le Sacre du Printemps. Nijinsky

Tensile Involvement. Nikolais

Bells. Possokhov

Don Quixote. Possokhov

The Concert. Robbins

In the Night. Robbins

Opus Jazz. Robbins

Cloven Kingdom. Taylor

9 Sinatra Songs. Tharp

Deuce Coupe. Tharp

Waterbaby Bagatelles. Tharp

Valses Poeticos. Tomasson

Dark Elegies. Tudor

Lilac Garden. Tudor

Offenbach in the Underworld. Tudor 

Son of Chamber Symphony. Welch 

After the Rain. Wheeldon

Carousel: A Dance. Wheeldon

Also appeared in Robert Altman's film, "The Company".



Picture and bio courtesy of the teacher.