Born in León, Spain, Jesús Vallinas studied fine arts before discovering the world of dance in 1980, via Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXe siècle. Fascinated by bodies in motion and their immense expressive potential, in 1981 he won admittance to the school of the Ballet clásico nacional in Madrid, directed by Carmen Roche, where he first studied under Carmina Ocaña. A year later, he was hired to dance in the corps de ballet of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Throughout his career, he has found time to work as a photographer and graphic designer as well as a dancer. He co-founded the monthly magazine Por la danza with its director Henri Brown, and was responsible for its logo, photography content, graphic design and illustrations. Working as a visual consultant, Mr. Vallinas created the corporate brand and logo for the Carmen Roche International Dance Center and was its official photographer (1987–89). He has also worked as a freelancer for several ad agencies, including KMO, Tactics, Equip, Presto and Galería FM, and as a photographer, illustrator and creative director for Santa Lucia, Iberrail, TNT, Grupo 4 Securitas, Cajas de Ahorros Confederadas and Dister Distribución Cinematográfica. Since 1990, Mr. Vallinas has been the permanent photographer for the Compañia Teatro de la Danza in Madrid, also designing posters and illustrations for several performances. In 1999, he was hired by the director and actor Josep Maria Flotats to create visual designs for Yasmina Reza’s Arte (“Art”), which holds the record for the most awards and highest attendance of any play in Spain’s history. As a dance photographer, he has captured the work of such noted personalities as Ana Laguna, Alicia Alonso, Fernando Bujones, Carlos Acosta, Maya Plitsetskaya, Nacho Duato and Víctor Ullate, to name only a few. He has also worked for companies such as Ballet Nacional de España, CND 1 and 2, Nuevo Ballet Español, Ballet Victor Ullate, Ballet Zaragoza, Compañía de Rafaela Carrasco, Cruceta Ballet Flamenco, Ballet de Nice, Lindsay Kemp Company, Nuremberg Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Jesús Vallinas’s photos have been featured in several dance publications, such as Por La Danza, Ballet 2000 and Dance Magazine, as well as in many daily newspapers in Spain. He currently manages the webzine www.fotoescena.net, dedicated to performing-arts photography.