Valentin Batista started ballet at the age of five at a small studio in Buenos Aires. At age twelve, he began furthering his training at the school of Teatro Colon. In 2012, Valentin joined Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson’s Academy. Three years later, he became a second company member with Orlando Ballet. He has attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Ellison Ballet in New York City, Orlando Ballet and Jacob’s Pillow. Valentin has competed in American Dance Competition, where he won first place in the senior classical category. This is Valentin’s first season with Texas Ballet Theater.