Javier Torres

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PERSONAL

Javier Torres is from Remedios, a historic city and the oldest Spanish settlement in the former Las Villas province situated just three miles from Cuba’s northern coast, at the heart of the island. He was born into a family deeply embedded in Cuba’s cultural and media landscape. His father was a renowned journalist, writer, and TV & theatre director and his mother earned great respect as a radio actress and scriptwriter. Javier shares his upbringing with his twin brother and older sister, both of whom have been significant influences in his life, personally and professionally. 

EDUCATION
  • Elementary Ballet School “Alejo Carpentier”: Graduated in Havana, Cuba – (1997).
  • National Ballet School of Havana: Graduated with honors as a ballet dancer and ballet teacher – (2000).
  • Clore Leadership: Emerging Leaders program – (2019).
  • Dance East – Ipswich: Rural Retreat, Emerging Leaders program – (2020).
  • The Open University: BA (Hons) in Business Management and Leadership – (2020)
  • Cumbria University: Master in Business Administration (MBA) – (2022).
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR & Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS): Executive Diploma in Cultural Diplomacy, International Relations & Global Governance – (2024).
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIence
  • National Ballet School Fernando Alonso: Ballet and Pas de Deux (PDD) master/teacher in Havana, Cuba.
  • Northern Ballet & Northern Ballet’s Academy: Coach/Ballet Master.
  • International Dance Competitions: Coach/Ballet Master.
  • Serendipity UK: Board of Trustees member.
  • Dance Open America: Executive Director (2019-2021).
  • Osiel Gouneo Art & Productions: Executive Director.
  • Artists Representative: Representing artists globally.
  • Mentorship Programmes: Collaborated with several prestigious artistic directors worldwide.
  • Premier Dancer: Cuban National Ballet (2000-2009).
  • Premier Dancer: Northern Ballet (2009-2022).
  • Sansha Group: European Business Manager.
  • Managing Director Acosta Dance Foundation and Acosta Dance Centre. (2022-Present).
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS (AMONG OTHERS)
    • Havana Grand Theatre: Mention in the Honour Book for performances as Prince Desiré in “Sleeping Beauty” (2009), Prometheus in “Poem of the Fire” (2012), and in “Desnuda Luz de Amor” with Carla Fracci (2016).
    • Cuban Artists and Writers Union: Villanueva Prize for the performance in the ballet “Agon” (2002).
    • Ceara, Brazil: “Constructores de la Danza” award for cultural contributions (2012).
    • National Dance Awards UK: Nominated for the Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer (2018).
    • Dance Europe Magazine: Voted among the top hundred dancers for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons by UK critics.
    • One Dance UK: Nominated for Dance Personality of the Year (2019). Winner of the People’s Choice Award (2019 and 2020).
     

    Javier Torres continues to lead and inspire in the world of dance, leveraging his extensive education, diverse professional experiences, and numerous accolades to promote a culture of peace and understanding through dance diplomacy.

ACADEMIC RESEARCHS AND DANCE DIPLOMACY

Javier Torres is an academic researcher who, through his Master’s in Business Administration, has conducted significant studies in the realm of dance company leadership and young dancer’s adaptability. One of his key research projects, titled “Behind an Artistic Director Role – A Grounded Theory of Dance Company Leaders’ Management and Leadership Styles,” explores the evolving context of dance companies within the framework of business principles and investigates why Artistic Directors often lack formal training in business, management, leadership, psychology, or academic education. With this research, Javier aimed to foster entrepreneurial attitudes and broader connections beyond business & dance.

Additionally, Javier has delved into issues of adaptability and trainability in young dancers, emphasizing the importance of versatile training programmes for young artists in the UK.

As a self-taught cultural diplomacy student, Javier leverages his experience to promote and share the rich Cuban and Latin American dance cultures with the world. His work aims to integrate the Cuban dance curriculum internationally, fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation through dance diplomacy.

DANCE CARRER

In 2000, Javier joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the artistic-technical guidance of Alicia Alonso. He worked closely with esteemed ballet coaches such as Loipa Araujo, Josefina Mendez, Aurora Bosch, Martha Garcia, Maria Elena Llorente, and Azari Plisetski, among others. He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004 and Premier Dancer in 2009. With the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, he performed in numerous countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He participated as a Guest Star in International Galas in El Escorial, Spain (2006, 2008, and 2012); Carlos Acosta and his friends (2007) in London; Teresa Carreño Theatre Gala, Venezuela (2008, 2009, and 2010); in Brazil at the International Ballet Festival of Fortaleza “Fendador” (2012); at Salzburg Ballet (2016 and 2019), Dance for Ukraine (2022), among many others. His repertoire includes leading roles in the romantic-classical tradition, such as Giselle, La Fille mal gardée, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake, as well as contemporary choreographies by Cuban and foreign creators. He joined Northern Ballet in 2010 as Premier Dancer under the artistic guidance of David Nixon OBE. He has performed leading roles in numerous productions around the UK, including Nixon’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Dangerous Liaisons, Ondine, Beauty & the Beast, Hamlet, Madame Butterfly, Wuthering Heights, Peter Pan, and David Nixon and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Cleopatra, among others. He has also performed in various international festivals and events, including the prestigious International Ballet Festival of Havana, Cuba, since 2000, and the Latitude Music Festival in Suffolk. Javier is a One Dance UK Member, a Member of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

"Dance, as a form of soft power, transcends borders and unites cultures, fostering understanding and peace through the universal language of movement."

-Javier Torres-

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