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Jury member of Benois de la Danse

Benois de la Danse laureate

Was born in Madrid and received his training at the Victor Ullate School of Ballet. He danced with Victor Ullate Ballet Company from 1992 until 1995. In August 1996, he joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as a soloist. With Pennsylvania Ballet, he danced leading roles in La Bayadиre, Diana and Acteon, Don Quixote, Paquita Suite, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, as well as George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?

Mr. De Luz joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1997 and was promoted to soloist in 1998. His repertory with ABT included the Bronze Idol, and Solor in La Bayadиre (choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (K. Mcmilan), the Red Cowboy in Billy The Kid (Eugene Loring),Champion Ropper in Rodeo (Anges de Mille), the first sailor in Fancy Free (Jerome Robbins), Puck in The dream (Frederik Ashton), Benno in Swan Lake (Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov), and leading roles in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Clark Tippet), Black Tuesday (Paul Tylor), Diverssion of Angels (Martha Graham), Clear (Stanton Welch), Sin and Tonic (James Kudelka), Sinfonietta (Jiry Killian),Gong (Mark Morris), Etudes (Harold Lnder), Simphony in C and Theme and Variations (George Balanchine).

Mr. De Luz joined New York City Ballet as a soloist in 2003, and in January 2005, he was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. Since joining NYCB, Mr. De Luz has danced featured roles in: George Balanchine's: Ballo della Regina, Coppйlia (Frantz), Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fйe, Donizetti Variations, The Nutcracker (Cavalier, Tea, and Candy Cane), Harlequinade (Harlequin and Pierrot), Jewels (Rubies), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon), Symphony in C (Third Movement), Tarantella, Theme and Variations, Valse-Fantaisie, Vienna Waltzes. Peter Martins: Jeu de Cartes, Octet, The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird, Prince), Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre); Jerome Robbins: Andantino, Brandenburg, Dances at a Gathering, Dybbuk, Fancy Free, Four Bagatelles, The Four Seasons (Fall), The Goldberg Variations, Piano Pieces.

Mr. De Luz originated a featured role in: Jorma Elo's Slice To Sharp; Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet (Tybalt); Christopher Wheeldon's Shambards.

Other Performances Mr. De Luz has appeared as a guest artist in numerous dance events including: Guested with Ballet Hawaii performing, Nutcraker, Cinderella (Prince), and Giselle (Albrecth), Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Giselle (Albretch).

As well as numerous International Galas, including: TITAS, in Dallas (TX), Youth America Grand Prix, in New York and Mexico, Stars of the 21st Century, in New York and Paris, and Balletissimo in Mexico DF. 

Mr. De Luz created a group of New York city Ballet dancers, and since 2007, tours with the group in the Summer, in different cities of Spain. In November of 2008, Mr. De Luz danced with Kings of the dance, touring Russia and Ukraine, dancing Christopher Wheldon's For Four, David Fernandez's Five Variations on a theme, and Fleming Flint's The lesson.

In March 1996, Mr. De Luz won the Gold Medal at the Second Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary. In February 1997 he was awarded the Rising Star prize by Seven Arts Magazine in Philadelphia. Mr. De Luz represented Spain at the Expo'98 in Lisbon, dancing in the gala Stars of Spanish Ballet.