Riley Moyano

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Joining Texas Ballet Theater for his seventh season, Riley Moyano began his training in his hometown of Naperville, Illinois at the school of DanceWest Ballet with his parents Regina and Ricardo Moyano. He continued his training at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he performed in Nicholas Petrov’s Carmen and Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June. Mr. Moyano has also performed various roles in The Nutcracker for the DanceWest Ballet, Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh and Laurel Ballet Performing Company. Since joining Texas Ballet Theater, he has performed in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Val Caniparoli’s Without Borders, and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16.

Where are you from?
Naperville, Illinois

When did you begin dancing?
When I was 3

Why did you begin dancing?
My parents own a dance studio and were professional dancers

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Ben Stevenson’s Dracula

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
I really enjoyed performing Voluntaries because it pushed my body to the limit. I also enjoyed performing Pritich in The Merry Widow.

What is your favorite movie/TV show?

What’s your favorite song?
Apple Thief by Pepe Deluxe

What other talents do you have besides dancing?
Clash of Clans

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Road biking, throwing Frisbee, baseball, football

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Da Bears

Use one word to describe the feeling after dancing the last performance of The Nutcracker.

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
The ability to get into and become your role