Trinidad Vives

Ballet master

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Trinidad Vives is a native of Madrid, Spain. Ms. Vives began her training there with Carmina Ocaña, Luis Fuente, and Víctor Ullate. She spent summers studying in Paris. Ms. Vives was a first prize medal and scholarship winner at the Prix de Lausanne Competition. She completed her ballet training at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower.

Upon graduation she joined the Hamburg Ballet at the age of seventeen where she was a Soloist for six years and was awarded the Oberdorfer Prize for Best Young Artist. Later as a Principal Dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet, Basel Ballet, Düsseldorf Ballet, and English National Ballet in London she performed the leading roles of the classical ballet repertoire as well as contemporary works by some of the greatest twentieth-century choreographers such as George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Sir Kenneth McMillan, John Cranko, Glen Tetley, Ben Stevenson, Heinz Spoerli, and Ronald Hynd. Ms. Vives received her teaching diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid and began teaching at the Houston Ballet Academy. During her eight-year tenure with the Houston Ballet she rose from the position of Ballet Mistress to Co-Artistic Director, a position she shared with Ben Stevenson.

She was honored by LULAC with an Excellence in America award for her work with Houston Ballet.

In 2002 she was named Artistic Associate of Boston Ballet by Mikko Nissinen, a position she held for seven years where she was responsible for the day-to-day activities of the company including company class, staging ballets, coaching dancers and overseeing the artistic staff.

Ms. Vives has staged numerous full-length ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, as well as contemporary works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokhov, and Val Caniparoli.

Ms. Vives has been a guest teacher for companies including American Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bayerische Staatsballett, Pittsburgh Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Trinidad has also been a guest Ballet Mistress with the National Ballet of Canada and the Atlanta Ballet staging and rehearsing ballets.

Ms. Vives participated in the 2010, 2014, 2018 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson,

Mississippi as a member of the Jury, which included 13 of the most noted dance experts from around the world. In September 2021, Trinidad joined the Artistic Staff of the Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid Spain.