ROBERTO VILLANUEVA, born in the Philippines, is the Executive & Artistic Director and Founder of BalaSole Dance Company.  He has 26 years of professional experience in the field of dance as a producer, director, performer, choreographer, adjudicator and educator in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as 24 years of professional background in business, financial, non-profit, operations, organizational and arts management.  He currently serves as Director of Dance and Adjunct Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, where he developed its dance program.  He is also an AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Roberto trained at the Alvin Ailey School, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and University at Buffalo, where he received his BA in Dance Performance.  He served as the Arts Education & Outreach Administrator for the world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), leading a department that provides arts education to K-12 schools nationwide and community engagement programs.  He also served as Group Sales Manager for DTH's NYC Seasons at City Center.

Acclaimed nationally and internationally for his abilities as a dance artist, Roberto has been hailed "for the deftness and technical control of his dancing" (The New York Times).  He has been described as "a poetic dancer" (New York Magazine), "powerhouse dancer" (New York Daily News), "breathtaking" (Swiss Newspaper La Liberté), “a phenomenal dancer” (Huffington Post), "an extraordinarily gifted dancer" (Attitude Magazine), "a small powerhouse" (The Village Voice), "a mentor with a mission" (Back Stage New York), "an experienced performer" (, "elegantly exquisite dancer" (, and "memorable" (Art Times).

Roberto has produced and directed 17 New York City concert seasons for BalaSole Dance Company.  He has performed at prominent dance venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center's Jerome Robbins Theater, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Live Arts/Dance Theater Workshop, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center.  He has worked with renowned choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Kevin Wynn, Milton Myers, and Eleo Pomare.  He has performed with dance companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Steeledance, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance, Pick of the Crop Dance, and Buffalo City Ballet.

Roberto has been commissioned to teach master classes and choreograph for various institutions including the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Ballet Philippines, Airdance Philippines, University at Buffalo, East Carolina University, Glendale Community College, and University of the Philippines.  He has served on the faculty of Dance Masters of America's Teachers Training School.  He has mentored/worked with artists from renowned companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Limón Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Lucinda Childs Dance, Parsons Dance, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Joffrey Ballet, Les Ballets Trocadero De Monte Carlo, Donald Byrd/The Group, Ballet Frankfurt, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Giordano Dance Chicago, and Rockettes.

Roberto has received several recognitions/awards including a special scholarship from the school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the national title "Mr. Dance of America 1993" from Dance Masters of America.  He also received the 2011-2012 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work Award for the creation and development of his one-man show titled "Pieces of Me: An inside look at a dance artist's journey."  Previous recipients of this award include notables such as Donald Byrd, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Nathan Trice, and Earl Mosley.  In 2012, Roberto was nominated for The Outstanding Filipino American in New York (TOFA-NY) Award under the Arts & Culture category.  TOFA-NY recognizes and celebrates the achievements of individuals and organizations that have raised the profile of the emerging leaders in the Filipino-American community in the New York Tri-State area.  Past TOFA awardees, nominees and honorees include U.S. Marshals spokesperson Roland Ubaldo, Pulitzer Award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, TONY Award-winner Lea Salonga, and Lorna Schofield (President Obama's nominee for N.Y District Court Judge). In 2013, Roberto received a "Distinguished Alumni Award" from the University at Buffalo's Theater & Dance Department as an alumnus of its 40-year old resident credited performance company, Zodiaque Dance Company, for his contributions in the field of dance.

In 2013 served as a grant panelist for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, appropriating funds made available by the state and city of New York for arts projects in Manhattan.  He was also a presenter at the University of Buffalo's 2010 Coast to Coast Arts, Entertainment, and Media Symposium, as well as the National Dance Education Organization's 2010 and 2015 Annual Conferences.

Roberto's involvement in the Filipino-American community includes solo performances for events such as The Outstanding Filipino American in New York 2012 Award ceremony, Lani Misalucha's benefit concert in November 2013 at the Philippine Consulate General NY for the quake victims in Bohol and Cebu, and the 2014 Miss Philippines Quest USA, a franchise of the Miss World Philippines.

Roberto has also received certifications in Fitness and Pilates instructions.

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JULIUS TUMUKUNDE, born in Uganda, attended Cardinal Hayes High School in New York.  He currently attends the College of Mount Saint Vincent as a Finance major, and works for a home improvement supplies retailing company.  A student athlete, he enjoys playing soccer.
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