Anabelle de la Nuez

Cincinnati, Ohio

Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2022

Anabelle de la Nuez has performed on stage since the age of two. She began her formal training at the age of six, at de la Dance Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, under her parents, Meridith Benson and Mario de la Nuez. She was fortunate enough to perform in de la Dance Company’s productions for 16 years. As a student in the school, she performed all the typical roles in The Nutcracker, moving on to Clara at age 13. At 15, she was promoted from the school to the company where she quickly grew into performing the lead roles in ballets such as Giselle, Coppelia, La Sylphide, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake. De la Nuez spent two summers attending American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive. She participated in YAGP in 2018 and 2019, where she was invited to compete in the New York City finals.

Coming from a dancing family, De la Nuez shares her passion for dance with her parents, her older sister Amelie, twin sister, Angelina, who is currently dancing with Grand Rapids Ballet, and older brother Michael, who dances with American Ballet Theatre.

De la Nuez was offered a contract with Joffrey at 17 and is thrilled to begin her first year with the company.