Alberto Velazquez

Havana, Cuba

Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2011



Alberto Velazquez, originally from Havana, Cuba, started ballet at age nine at The National Ballet School of Cuba. He then continued his studies in Mexico with his mother, Adria Velazquez. At the age of 17, he moved to New York City and joined American Ballet Theatre’s school, eventually joining the second company. In 2011, Velazquez joined The Joffrey Ballet, and has performed many works by choreographers such as John Neumeier, Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylián, Frederick Ashton, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Yuri Possokhov, George Balanchine, and William Forsythe. In his time with The Joffrey, he has performed roles such as the Prince in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Aminta in Sylvia, Romeo, and Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina. Velazquez has performed in stages all over the world, including Russia, Italy, and France.

Alberto Velazquez as Vronsky in the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina. Photo: Cheryl Mann. 
Velazquez in the title role of Possokhov’s Miraculous Mandarin. Photo: Cheryl Mann. 
Velazquez in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella. Photo: Cheryl Mann.