Juan, “J.P.” Flores started his dance training in Laredo, TX. He then moved to Austin where he studied under Rodolfo Mendez and Melissa Villarreal. He joined Ballet East, where he had the opportunity to work with acclaimed choreographers from all over. He’s danced works by Francisco Gella from Philadenco, Regina Larkin from Joyce Trisler, Hope Boykin from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, just to name a few. Melissa Villarreal took him under her wing, and became his teacher, mentor and friend. Several works were created for him including “Engulfing Addiction” by Melissa Villarreal which granted him the nomination for best dancer. JP worked with UpRise Productions as a dancer and actor. As a result, he landed another acting opportunity with Proyecto Teatro under Artistic Director, Luis Ordaz. J.P. continues to collaborate with Proyecto Teatro by setting choreographies on the acting company.
In the summer of 2010, Juan attended the Ailey School in New York City, graduating after two years. Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for best dancer, he’s won awards for best choreography and has appeared in People en Español magazine. Juan has collaborated with numerous companies and individuals, including with Ashwell Clinic’s aids campaign and has danced at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival among other accomplishments.
J.P. worked at the Laredo School of Contemporary Dance for four years, where he taught classes to the pre-professional programs. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in May, ??? from the Texas A&M International University. In May 2019, after the passing of Mr. Mendez, J.P. joined Melissa Villarreal in continuing the legacy of Ballet East Dance Company. This is Mr. Flores first season as Artistic Director of the company.