Co-Principal, Hardesty CDE
Andre Reyes is a San Francisco Bay Area native and received his early dance training from his parents, Benjamin Reyes and Josefa Villanueva, at Santa Clara Ballet School before continuing on at Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet School.
Reyes, a longtime favorite of Bay Area audiences, performed as a Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet from 1980-1993, and Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1994-1996. During his career he worked with world-renowned choreographers Glen Tetley, Jiri Kylian, Michael Smuin, Elliot Feld, James Kudelka, and David Bintley. Special invitations include San Francisco Opera’s “Fol de Rol,” San Francisco Symphony’s “Arts for Life” benefit and “Symphony Pops” series. Reyes has also performed in numerous international gala performances. His major television appearances include: Cinderella (Dance in America -WNET), Suites by Smuin (KQED), Symphony in Three Movements (KQED), and The Tempest (Dance in America-WNET).
Reyes has served on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, and San Jose State University. He was guest faculty for Kansas City Ballet, and Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program through 2007. He co-directed the Santa Clara Ballet from 2000 – 2001 and co-founded and directed Volee Dance in Palo Alto, CA from 2004 – 2007. Reyes served on the Pre-Professional Faculty at Boston Ballet School from 2007-2012, where he developed the Boys Program Elementary Syllabus. In 2012, he was invited to join the Pre-Professional Faculty at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School where he taught until 2016. Reyes has been a guest lecturer for Stanford University, University of Santa Clara, San Francisco State University, Boston College, Harvard University, and the American College Dance Festival Association. He has had the honor of serving as adjudicator for Dance Masters of America and the Japan Grand Prix, as well as a guest instructor for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and English National Ballet School.