Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB

George Balanchine
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Coppélia (Frantz)
  • Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'
  • Donizetti Variations
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Tea, Candy Cane)
  • Harlequinade (Harlequin, Pierrot)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Raymonda Variations
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • La Source
  • Sonatine
  • Symphony in C (Third Movement)
  • Tarantella
  • Theme and Variations
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Union Jack
  • Valse-Fantaisie
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Vespro
August Bournonville
  • La Sylphide (James [NYCB Premiere])
Peter Martins
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • A Fool for You
  • Jeu de Cartes
  • The Magic Flute (Luke)
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • Octet
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré, Bluebird)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre)
Jerome Robbins
  • Andantino
  • Brandenburg
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Dybbuk
  • Fancy Free
  • Four Bagatelles
  • The Four Seasons (Fall)
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Interplay
  • Other Dances
  • Piano Pieces
  • A Suite of Dances
  • "Makin' Whoopee" from Double Feature
Christopher Wheeldon
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse (NYCB Premiere)
  • Mercurial Manoeuvres

Originated featured roles in

  • Warren Carlyle: SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet
  • Jorma Elo: Slice To Sharp
  • Peter Martins: Bal de Couture, Romeo + Juliet (Tybalt)
  • Wayne McGregor: Outlier
  • Justin Peck: Year of the Rabbit
  • Alexei Ratmansky: Concerto DSCH, Odessa
  • Christopher Wheeldon: Shambards

Joaquin De Luz 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 Bayadère, 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 in La Bayadère (choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa), the Red Cowboy in Billy The Kid (Eugene Loring), the first sailor in Fancy Free (Jerome Robbins), Benno in Swan Lake (Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov), and leading roles in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Clark Tippet) 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.

Other Performances

Mr. De Luz has appeared as a guest artist in numerous dance events as well as with the Ballet Mediterraneo with Fernando Bujones and with American Ballet Stars 1997 Tour of China.


In March 1996, Mr. De Luz won the Gold Medal at the Second Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary. In February 1997, Mr. De Luz 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.

Most recently, Mr. De Luz was awarded the 2016 National Dance Award by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports. He was also awarded the Benois de la Danse award in 2009 for best male performance of the year for his role in Prodigal Son and toured with Kings of the Dance in Russia in 2008.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik