about

 A native of Canada, Mr. Villeneuve was raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue his dance studies at the Alvin Ailey School and was later admitted on scholarship to The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. In 2001, he was appointed the title of Dance Captain for Disney's The Lion King in Toronto and in 2004 was invited to join Ballet Hispanico by founder Tina Ramirez. During his time with the company he performed at numerous historical venues such as The White House, The Kennedy Center and with notable stars such as Chita Rivera, Jose Feliciano and Gloria Estefan. Mr. Villeneuve remained with the company until his promotion to Deputy Director of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance in 2011. That same year, he was also named Rehearsal Director of BHdos where he helped develop and direct the pre-professional dance mentorship program in tandem with their Education and Outreach Department. 

 

In addition to his work in New York City, Mr. Villeneuve also served as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Dance of The Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for seven years where he was commissioned for an entire evening of his work for the New Works Festival in 2010. Most recently, he designed and executed a new dance initiative with the Director of Education and the Municipalidad of Guatemala in Guatemala City, where he  spent three weeks in residency hosting several teacher training seminars in pedagogy and working with students in jazz technique. He was cited by the Mayor of the City of Guatemala and his involvement and dedication to outreach continues to funnel his energies into the development of artistic excellence and the enrichment of lives of underprivileged youth.

 

As a choreographer, Mr. Villeneuve has choreographed works for Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II; The Company Dance Theatre in Kingston, Jamaica; The Juilliard School; The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program; Cawthra Park Ensemble in Toronto, Canada and for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School. His collaboration with Ballet Hispanico and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in 2011 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center marked his 16th piece of choreography. 

In 2014, he was selected by Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Robert Battle, as one of two choreographic fellows and commissioned to make one of his latest works “Tangled Lines” which premiered at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in May 2015.

 

His choreographic style ranges from the humorous through the morbid to whimsically romantic, drawing continuously on great athleticism and linear design. He finds great pleasure in moving people through space and delights in intricate patterns and the speed of the human body.

 

Mr. Villeneuve has also worked outside of traditional dance companies, choreographing and teaching for television, theatre and musical theatre programs. He has contributed to numerous HIV/Aids fundraisers in Toronto, Canada with Patti LaBelle as well as choreographed and directed a special on CBC for the Spirit of Gospel with Young and the Restless star Tonya Lee-Williams and award winning vocalist Deborah Cox. 

 

His extensive teaching background has taken him across the country and internationally, giving master classes in Modern Technique and Contemporary Partnering and he was a part of the guest faculty at The Juilliard School from 2005-2010. On numerous occasions he has sat on the adjudication panel for Joe Lanteri’s New York City Dance Alliance and Dancing Classrooms, formerly know as American Ballroom Theatre.