Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2018
Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Xavier Núñez began training at age ten at The Hartt Community Dance Division in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2010, he continued his training at the International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC, under Miguel Campaneria.
In 2012, he was awarded the silver medal at the World Ballet Competition in the professional category. He was then accepted into American Ballet Theatre Studio Company under the artistic direction of Kevin McKenzie and Franco De Vita. There, he went on to perform in international galas dancing in George Balanchine’s Tarantella and Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval Des Animaux in Italy and France.
In 2013, Núñez joined The Tulsa Ballet under the direction of Marcello Angelini where he performed ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, and The Three Musketeers. In 2015, he joined The Sarasota Ballet where he performed in works such as Balanchine’s Jewels, Stars and Stripes, Dominic Walsh’s Wolfgang for Webb, Ashton’s Rakes Progress, and many more.
In 2017, Núñez took part in the Concours de Opera National de Paris where he ranked sixth, giving him a contract for the 2017-2018 season with the Paris Opera Ballet. Returning to the states, Núñez began performing as a guest artist with companies and schools both internationally and nationally.