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Javier Torres

Premier Dancer
Javier Torres

From Cuba, Javier trained at the National School of Ballet, Havana, and has performed with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Javier performs internationally as a guest artist on a regular basis.

Javier joined Northern Ballet in 2010 as Premier Dancer. He has performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Ondine, Beauty & the Beast, Hamlet, Madame Butterfly, Cleopatra, The Great Gatsby and Hans van Manen's Concertante.

His performance as Caesar in Cleopatra was voted one of the top hundred favourite performances by the critics of the UK in Dance Europe Magazine for the 2010-2011 season.

Javier began his ballet training in 1994 at the Vocational Art School “Olga Alonso” in Santa Clara city and continued at the Elementary School “Alejo Carpentier” in Havana. He finished his ballet studies at the National School of Ballet. 

In 2000, he joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba where he was promoted to Premier Dancer in 2009. He performed with the Company in America, Europe and Asia. Javier was a Guest Artist in International Galas in El Escorial, Spain (2006, 2008 & 2012), Carlos Acosta and friends (2007) in London, Teresa Carreño Theatre Gala, Venezuela (2008, 2009 & 2010) and at the International Ballet Festival of Fortaleza "Fendador" in 2012. Javier has performed at each International Ballet Festival of Havana since 2000 and in 2012 he was a guest artist at the International Ballet Festival of Cali Colombia. He was also chosen by John Neumeier to dance the leading Pas de Deuxs in his As You Like It and Othello.

Javier has danced the leading roles in Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardée, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Swan Lake as well as works by Cuban and foreign creators' contemporary choreographers - Gottschalk Symphony, Shakespeare and his Masks (Romeo & Juliet)Cinderella, Carmen, Majisimo, Theme and Variations, Agon, Blood Weddings, Canto Vital, Bahkti, La Arlesiana (solo), Apollo, Dracula and Onegion among others.

Random Flickr photos from the album Javier Torres by Northern Ballet

He was awarded the Cuban Artists and Writers Union’s Villanueva Prize for his performance in the ballet Agon in 2002. In 2006 he received mention in the Honour Book of the Havana Grand Theatre for his performance with Carla Fracci in the ballet Desnuda Luz de Amor (Naked Light of Love), in 2009 for his performance in the role of Prince Desiré in Sleeping Beauty and in 2013 for his performace as Prometheus in the ballet Poem of the Fire.

In 2012 he received the award "Constructores de la Danza" for his contribution to the Culture of the state of Ceara in Brazil.