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Sebastian Villarini-Velez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Before moving to the United States he trained with Rodney Rivera, Joaquin Banegas, and Maria Carrera, and also studied dance at the School for the Performing Arts in Puerto Rico with teachers including Yolanda Muñoz and Jose Rodriguez. In 2007, he attended the Miami City Ballet School summer course under the direction of NYCB alumnus Edward Villella in Miami, Florida and later the Pacific Northwest Ballet School summer program in 2011 under the direction of NYCB alumus Peter Boal in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Villarini-Velez began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2008 summer course, which he attended again during the summer of 2010 before enrolling as a student that fall.

In August 2012, Mr. Villarini-Velez became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2013. 

He was promoted to soloist in October 2018.

HONORS

Mr. Villarini-Velez was a recipient of the 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and the the 2014 Comité Noviembre ‘Orgullo Puertorriqueño’ Puerto Rican Heritage Award.

Portrait © Erin Baiano

GEORGE BALANCHINE

  • Emeralds from Jewels
  • La Sonnambula (Pas de Deux)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Tea, Soldier, Cavalier)
  • Symphony in C (Third Movement)
  • The Four Temperaments (Melancholic)
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Union Jack

ROBERT BINET

  • The Blue of Distance

PETER MARTINS

  • Bal de Couture
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Jeu de Cartes
  • Romeo + Juliet (Tybalt)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Court Jester, Eloquence)
  • Swan Lake (Benno, Spanish, Hungarian, Jester)

JUSTIN PECK

  • New Blood
  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

JEROME ROBBINS

  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fancy Free
  • Fanfare (Clarinets)
  • Interplay

PETER WALKER

  • dance odyssey

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

  • Polyphonia

Kyle Abraham

  • The Runaway

Nicolas Blanc

  • Mothership

JR

  • Les Bosquets

Justin Peck

  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • Scherzo Fantastique

Gianna Reisen

  • Composer's Holiday

Anatomy of a Dance

Sebastian Villarini-Velez on Jerome Robbins' FANCY FREE

Sebastian Villarini-Velez steps into some iconic shoes taking on Fancy Free’s third sailor solo, requiring some debonair moves and a shake of the hips in a role originated and choreographed by Jerome Robbins himself.