Roberto Vega Ortiz is a native of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He began his training in hip hop, jazz and ballet at Taller de Bailes LeDaph in Manatí, PR at age 14. He then continued his pre-professional ballet training with Marie Carmen Márquez, Ana María Castañón, Orlando Carreras and Victor Gilí, and also studied at Escuela de Ballets de San Juan, Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Escuela Especializada en Ballet Julián E. Blanco, where he graduated from Level 8. He attended summer courses at Joffrey Ballet School, The Washington School of Ballet, The School of Nashville Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. After a season as an apprentice with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Mr. Vega Ortiz decided to expand his studies at Miami City Ballet School in the fall of 2015 with teachers including Geta Constantinescu, María Torija and Olivier Pardina. In 2016 he joined the second company of Nashville Ballet where he danced leading roles with the main company. He later joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in 2017, where he toured extensively in countries such as Japan, Italy, Portugal, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ireland, Serbia, Germany and the US, performing female soloist and principal roles en pointe. Throughout his career, Mr. Vega Ortiz, has guested with different companies such as Brandon Ballet, Northeast Youth Ballet and Menlowe Ballet and was also a cast member of The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber in San Juan, PR. Mr. Vega Ortiz joined Diablo Ballet in 2019, where he had the opportunity to perform and originate various roles since joining the company. Mr. Vega Ortiz is the Co-Director of The School at BlackBox Studios as well as the Co-Founder Artistic Director and Artist of Ballet22.
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