The Santa Clara Ballet Company
For over 40 years, the Santa Clara Ballet has been bringing classical ballet productions to Santa Clara, including its Annual Nutcracker production. The Santa Clara Ballet provides vital cultural programming, enriching the community and enhancing the profile of the City of Santa Clara. The Santa Clara Ballet affords the unique opportunity for children and aspiring young dancers to perform and learn alongside acclaimed professionals in a full scale, serious production.
Artistic Director and Founder
JOSEFA VILLANUEVA-REYES started her training in the Philippines with Roberta and Ricardo Cassell (a student of Vincenzo Celli). She was formerly a member of the San Francisco Ballet Company and the San Francisco Opera Ballet. Previous to that, she performed as a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet Celeste for four years. Her performing experience includes multiple lead roles from the classical repertory.
Villanueva-Reyes taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Ballet and Theatre Arts as well as San Jose City College. Her teaching experience is enriched with classes from well known Russian teachers and distinguished teachers in New York City. She has taken classes in New York with Valentina Pereyslavic, Leon Danelien, Frederic Franklin, David Howard, Jurgen Schneider, and master classes with Sergeyev, Dudinskay, Golovkina, Kirsten Ralov, and Dina Bjorn. She has also received a Certificate for taking part in the International Vaganova Conference/Demonstration in St. Petersburg, Russia, featuring the entire 8-year system which included Classical Dance, Character, History Dance & Variations.
Villanueva-Reyes was recently recognized by the Santa Clara Performing Arts Foundation with the 2013 Arts Pioneer Award and also honored by the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (the “Izzies”) with its Sustained Achievement Award for her work with the Santa Clara Ballet and for offering instruction and training in classical ballet and performance opportunities for children and Bay Area professional dancers. Villanueva-Reyes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and has studied post-graduate in Early Childhood Education and Dance Education at both SF State University and San Jose State University. She holds a Lifetime Credential to teach Dance in Community Colleges. She co-founded Santa Clara Ballet with husband Benjamin Reyes in 1973
Founding Artistic Directors Josefa Villanueva-Reyes and Benjamin Reyes
Join our mailing list for updates on next year's production. Call 408-247-9148 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A local favorite, the Santa Clara Ballet’s Nutcracker offers an intimate view of the stage and the performers with an entertaining and engaging rendition of this holiday classic.
ANDRE REYES continues the legacy of the Reyes family as Artistic consultant and coach for the Santa Clara Ballet Company Guest Principal Dancers. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Andre received his early dance training from his parents Benjamin Reyes and Josefa Villanueva-Reyes at Santa Clara Ballet School and continued his training on scholarships at Joffrey American Ballet Center, American Ballet Theater School, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet School. Andre, a longtime favorite of Bay Area audiences, performed as a Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet from 1980 to 1993, and Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1994 to 1996. He has worked with numerous world-renowned choreographers including David Bintley, Elliot Feld, James Kudelka, Jiri Kylian, Michael Smuin, and Glen Tetley . His work in television includes Dance in America’s “Cinderella” (Smuin/Christensen) and “The Tempest” (Smuin), as well as appearances in “Suites by Smuin” (KQED) and “Symphony in Three Movements” (KQED, Gladstein). Andre is presently on faculty at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, following a five year tenure at Boston Ballet School and was recently a jury member for the Japan Grand Prix in Tokyo.
Past Guest Artists