Chilean ballet dancer Mauricio Vera Nuñez is no stranger to the big stage. As a multinational world-renowned dancer who has graced the productions of numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful theatre productions and longstanding classics including The Nutcracker, Carmen, An American Tango, and Dracula, Mauricio has earned widespread notoriety for his leading work on stage. Mauricio has worked with a number of iconic dance luminaries including artistic director and founder of State Street Ballet Rodney Gustafson, artistic director and founder Mark Roxey of Roxey Ballet Company, theatre actress Lilliana Ross, award-winning European regisseur and theatre director Michael Hampe, and a number of acclaimed organizations including Ballet de Santiago, Roxey Ballet in New Jersey, State Street Ballet in California. Mauricio additionally danced, produced and choreographed the First International Ballet Gala at Teatro Las Condes in Santiago de Chile, Mauricio is one of the most exciting ballet dancers and artistic producers in 2018 and beyond.

As if his theatre work wasn’t impressive enough, you might also recognize Mauricio from season 11 of the hit talent series for Fox, So You Think You Can Dance. Spoiler alert if you didn’t catch the episode: he definitely can dance. His work has been chronicled in a number of international publications including Mercury News, Today News, El Mostrador, La Tercera, the Santa Barbara Independent and more, earning him praise and fandom on three different continents.

Mauricio recently finished up with a spectacular run of Nutcracker performances in four different states and took the time to speak with us on his career achievements, projects he’s working on, and tips for maneuvering the visa process.

1.What has been the highlight of your career, if you had to choose one

When at the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Ballet of Santiago in Chile a principal dancer was injured in the last performance of the season and the second and third casts were not prepared to fill in. I took advantage because I rehearsed thinking that I was going to perform someday and gave my maximum premiere performance to the duo “Galufa” by the choreographer Eduardo Yedro, with only a couple of hours of rehearsal. It was the most important international gala in country, and I danced alongside world stars such as Julie Kent, and principal from Stuttgart Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba among others. After that performance the director Marcia Haydee congratulated me and my colleagues at the Ballet of Santiago and was thankful for the opportunity.

Also So You Think You Can Dance season 11, when I received the ticket to next round in Vegas and a standing ovation from the jury and audience at the Orpheum Theatre in Hollywood LA.

2. What projects are you currently working on, or have scheduled in the U.S.?

I just finished 18 performances of the Nutcracker Ballet in New Jersey, Boston and Connecticut. Future projects in 2019 include Carmina Burana, Cinderella, We Vs C with Roxey Ballet in New Jersey, a choreographer festival with Connecticut Ballet Company, the development of an app software, and more work producing festivals and galas. I am happy that for the first time I am opening myself to new freelance projects in different states across the U.S.

3. If you could provide one tip to others interested in pursuing a
visa in the U.S., what would it be?

3) I would recommend that you make a folder and keep all your diplomas and publications in the media. Work hard and create strong ties with important people in your career including directors that you might need to ask for letters of recommendation from. Save your money, and practice your English!

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