Joamanuel Velazquez

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A native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Joamanuel Velazquez began his training with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. He later attended the Virginia School of the Arts on full scholarship, and in 2007, joined Texas Ballet Theater as a trainee. He has since enjoyed performing in Ben Stevenson’s ballets Don QuixoteDracula, and Swan Lake. This is his ninth season with Texas Ballet Theater. Mr. Velazquez is married to company member Nicole Von Enck.

Where are you from?
Bayamon, Puerto Rico

When did you begin dancing?
At age 17

Why did you begin dancing?
Because I liked a girl that danced

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
2007

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Dracula

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Petite Mort

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How you never stop learning and improving

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Forrest Gump

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
No

What do you do over the summer break?
I try to go camping and enjoy many outdoor activities with my wife and dog.

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Camping/backpacking

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers

If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
Colorado or Alaska in the summer

What’s your typical day like before opening night?
Rest, eat well and call my mom