Mauricio Vera Nuñez
Mauricio is a Chilean freelance dancer based in Tribeca, Manhattan, NYC. He began his studies in 2000 at Escuela de Ballet Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, under the direction of Patricio Gutierrez. Upon graduation, he joined the school’s professional company ‘Ballet de Santiago’ under the Artistic Direction of Ricardo Bustamante and Marcia Haydée. During his six years with the company, he participated in several South American TV productions. Additionally, he has studied at the The National Ballet of Cuba with Alicia Alonso in Havana, Cuba and, upon his move to the USA in 2011, at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance in NYC. He has danced professionally with the Charleston Ballet Theater in South Carolina and with State Street Ballet for six seasons in Santa Barbara, CA, performing many principal and soloist roles under an O-1 exceptional Artistic Visa. Mauricio was on Season 11 of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in Hollywood performing a Pas de Deux from “The Corsario”, for which he received a standing ovation. Since 2018, upon his return to the East Coast, he has danced with Ballet with a Twist, Connecticut Ballet, FJK Dance Company, Roxey Ballet, the Whitney Museum, and The Guggenheim Museum installation in NYC. During the Covid19 pandemic, he performed the lead role in a series of dance-film shorts #DanzaRestless which was nominated and screened at various film festivals around the world. In 2021 Mauricio won First Place at the World Dance Connection in Bologna, Italy for his dancing role in the short film ‘Ocaso’. He has worked with choreographers Maurice Béjart, Ivan Nagy, Ronald Hynd, Andre Prokofviev, Edgar Zendejas, William Soleau, and has performed the works of John Cranko, Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and Vicente Nebrada amongst others. Mauricio is characterized by his versatility in Classic, Neoclassic, Contemporary, and Latin dance styles. He has performed internationally in Germany, Argentina, Cuba, China, Uruguay, and Canada and has been a frequent principal guest artist throughout the USA, especially in productions of The Nutcracker.