Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2022
Originally from Miami, Florida, Coco Alvarez-Mena is proud to be a first-generation Cuban-American. She began her training at Dance Town Dance Studios under the direction of Maria Eugenia Lorenzo and Manny and Lory Castro. She then attended The Harid Conservatory for pre-professional Vaganova ballet training on full scholarship. Upon graduation in 2015, she was awarded the Cerrone Award for excellence in dance performance.
Alvarez-Mena went on to attend USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance on a quarter tuition scholarship and is honored to be part of the inaugural graduating class. At USC, Alvarez-Mena trained and collaborated choreographically with William Forsythe and Jodie Gates while being mentored by Balanchine répétiteur Zippora Karz. She also performed alongside professional companies at USC and Laguna Dance Festival. After graduating in 2019 she joined Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) as a corps de ballet dancer. She spent three seasons with the company and was fortunate to work with several world-renowned repetiteurs and choreographers. Some of her favorite works from her time at OBT include In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe, In Dreams by Trey McIntyre, and Dreamland by Dani Rowe. In addition to her work with OBT, she has been hired to dance for various multi-media projects and company guestings including The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Barak Ballet.
Alvarez-Mena has admired The Joffrey Ballet since she was a young girl and is incredibly excited for her first season as a Company Artist.