Riley Moyano

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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, performing Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June. Since joining Texas Ballet Theater, Moyano has been delighted to perform in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort, Val Caniparoli’s Without Borders, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, William Forsythe’s In The Middle Somewhat Elevated, and Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and as Ceasar in Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra. Moyano is married to fellow Company member Amanda Fairweather. This is Moyano’s 9th season with Texas Ballet Theater.

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?
2011

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?

William Forsythe’s In The Middle Somewhat Elevated was a very rewarding and fun piece to perform!

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Spaceballs/Seinfeld

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

What other talents do you have besides dancing?
I can quack like a duck.

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

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

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

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
The ability to let go of everything not essential to being in the moment.