David Alvarez is a Canadian dancer and actor who gained recognition for his jaw-dropping on-screen performances. As one of the original Billys in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical, Alvarez became one of the youngest winners of the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
He is also known for his role as Bernardo in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 film adaptation of West Side Story.
- Full Name: David Alvarez
- Date of Birth: May 11, 1994
- Age: 29 years old
- Gender: Male
- Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Nationality: Canadian
- Profession: Dancer, actor
- Height: 1.83m
- Parents: David Alvarez-Carbonell (father), Yanek (mother)
- Siblings: N/A
- Spouse: N/A
- Children: N/A
- Relationship Status: N/A
- Net Worth: $3 million
Early Life & Education
David Alvarez, currently 29, was born on May 11, 1994, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He grew up in a culturally diverse household with his Cuban parents, David Alvarez-Carbonell and Yanek.
His father is a professor of biology and chemistry, while his mother is an actress and theater director. Alvarez was exposed to different languages early, with French and Spanish being his first languages.
The family moved to San Diego, California, when Alvarez’s father accepted a job at The Scripps Research Institute. In California, Alvarez’s passion for classical ballet began to flourish.
He started taking ballet more seriously at the California Ballet. Eventually, he received a full merit scholarship to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York City in 2005.
The family relocated to New York City to support Alvarez’s ballet training at ABT. During his time at ABT, Alvarez had the opportunity to dance in prominent productions such as The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center Opera House and The Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera House.
David Alvarez has managed to keep his personal life private. No information about his romantic relationships is available, including his current relationship status.
He prefers to focus on his career and keep his personal life out of the public eye.
Alvarez’s breakthrough came when he was cast as one of the original Billys in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical.
Alongside Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish, Alvarez showcased his immense talent and versatility. He underwent rigorous training in tap, acrobatics, voice, and acting to prepare for the role, and his dedication paid off.
Billy Elliot the Musical premiered on October 1, 2008, and Alvarez’s first preview performance was on October 2. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Billy Elliot, with renowned critics praising his performance.
His exceptional talent and hard work were recognized when he, along with Kulish and Kowalik, won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, making them some of the youngest winners of this prestigious award.
Alvarez’s portrayal of Billy Elliot opened doors for him in the entertainment industry, leading to various opportunities.
Alvarez took a hiatus from theater to serve in the US Army with the 25th Infantry Division. After two and a half years of service, he returned to Broadway and became a swing in the 2015 production of On the Town.
Additionally, he showcased his talent in Mexico, where he danced the role of adult Billy in the dream ballet pas de deux between Billy and his older self.
In 2021, Alvarez’s career reached new heights as he joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of West Side Story. He took on the role of Bernardo, further establishing himself as a versatile entertainer.
With his successful career in the entertainment industry, David Alvarez has accumulated a net worth of approximately $3 million.
- Instagram handle: @davidalvarezofficial
- Twitter handle: @DavidAlvarezD
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