[Interview] Meet Professional Dancer Xavier Núñez

Photo Credit: The Joffrey Ballet/ Todd Rosenberg

BTSCelebs was recently given the opportunity to interview award-winning dancer Xavier Núñez!

He is one of the gifted dancers who officially joined The Joffrey Ballet this season. Xavier is best known for being a part of prestigious companies like American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, The Tulsa Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and performing in several classics such as “The Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Cinderella”.

Let’s take a look at his exclusive interview now.

BTSCelebs: Describe yourself in a few sentences.

Xavier Núñez: I am a young creative mind doing what I love most. Passionate about dance and short filmmaking. Between dance, freelance media content creation, and school: I live a busy life. I love to be surrounded by my family and friends, even if it’s only a video call at times. 

How did you get interested in ballet?

I started like most young boys…doing a different style of dance. I thought I would be doing more hip hop and jazz, but little did I know I was in a school that focused on ballet. I never loved it, in fact, I quit for a year in high school.  I eventually returned to it because I missed my friends. Upon returning we had a new male ballet master. Through him, I was shown the male role in ballet and I finally fell in love with dance. A life in tights isn’t as girly as I thought. 

 Why did you choose to be a part of The Joffrey Ballet?

I have been a part of multiple companies now and have had a taste of what is out there. I knew what I was looking for. Since my first audition at The Joffrey Ballet, I knew I found something special. Besides the repertoire and reputation that The Joffrey Ballet holds in the dance world, it has an incredible work environment. A place that is fun and makes you happy to be part of is something I saw from the beginning. 

Tell us about one unforgettable experience you’ve had in Chicago since you’ve joined Joffrey.

Starting the season off with creating a brand-new piece by Yuri Possokhov will always be an unforgettable moment. To be part of something new and to be part of the creative process is an amazing experience. It’s rare that you get to input ideas into new works and have an impact on how a piece turns out. 

 If you had the chance to choreograph one Broadway show, what show would it be? Why would you choose this particular production?

If I could choreograph one Broadway show, it would be Singing in the Rain! It came from a time where there were huge dance stars such as Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and one of my favorites, Donald O’Connor. They made dance cool, and each had a way to make the moves look easy, calm, and fun to watch. 

Which show from Joffrey’s upcoming season are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to ‘Swan Lake’. It’s such a classic. Opening the season with this well-known ballet is a treat.

 Many people are excited for the new season. Please give us one word you think best describes The Joffrey Ballet’s 2018-2019 season. 


A Special Thanks to Xavier Núñez, The Silverman Group and The Joffrey Ballet for the exclusive interview and image. 

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