Joseph Hernandez was born in Fort Knox KY in 1988. He graduated from the School of American Ballet in 2007, and was awarded an apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet that same year. Later he was invited to join Ballet AustinThe Royal Ballet of FlandersLes Ballets de Monte Carlo, and subsequently the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. His work as a choreographer has been presented with critical acclaim by such organizations as The Joyce NYC, Festspielhaus HellerauThe Semperoper DresdenLes Ballets de Monte Carlo, Theatre St. Gallen, and Whim W'Him Contemporary Dance Seattle.  His work The Lavender Follies was filmed for European Television by ZDF Deutschland and has now been disseminated worldwide.  He has taught at SUNY Purchase College, Dance Arts Faculty (Italy), and Cornish College of the Arts, well as the Royal Danish Ballet and Artof (Zurich) summer courses.  He served as a founder and jury member for Tanznetz Dresden's STUDIO ROUND, curating showings and performances/discussions by creators  from all over Europe. His installation series Nielsson Conversations was hosted by STORE Contemporary in Dresden. In Portland, He was appointed Associate Choreographer at the Northwest Dance Project in 2022.