Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Raul Salamanca received his dance training on full scholarships at the Magda Aunon School of Ballet and the Boston Ballet School. He continued his training at the Arizona Ballet School under the tutelage of Mr. Kee Juan Han while simultaneously performing numerous principal roles as a company member with Ballet Arizona. Mr. Salamanca later joined Boston Ballet and Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.
Raul Salamanca’s repertory include a wide range of soloist and principal roles in works varying from classical to neo-classical and contemporary by choreographers such as Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, David Dawson, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor, and Christopher Wheeldon. He has also performed all the major classical roles and originated roles created for him by Ib Andersen, Stijn Celis, Lucinda Childs, Jorma Elo, Mark Morris, Mikko Nissinen, Helen Pickett and Dwight Rhoden. His performing career has taken him extensively all over the United States and Canada, as well as abroad to places like Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Mr. Salamanca has served as Ballet Master and Director of Education for Ballet San Antonio, as well as Company Representative and Contract Negotiator for Ballet Arizona and Boston Ballet (AGMA). Alongside his dance expertise, his entrepreneurial skills have extended into real estate and the creation of his own private wine label. He is currently the sole stager in the United States for world-renowned choreographer, Jorma Elo.