From Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Joamanuel Velazquez began his training with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. He later attended Virginia School of the Arts on full scholarship, and in 2007, joined Texas Ballet Theater as a trainee. He has since enjoyed performing in Ben Stevenson's Don Quixote, Dracula, and Swan Lake. In his spare time, Mr. Velazquez enjoys backpacking and working out, but photography is his favorite hobby. This is his seventh season with Texas Ballet Theater.