Richard Villaverde was born in Miami, Florida and began dancing at the age of 13. He graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2009 under the direction of Daniel Lewis.
In 2009 Richard won the title of Senior Male Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance. That same year, he was awarded a four-year full scholarship to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he trained with Douglas Becker, Michael Sheridan, Ronen Koresh, Scott Jovovitch, and Christine Cox.
In December 2011 Richard was selected to study abroad in Venice at La Biennale for six months under the direction of Ismael Ivo. There he trained with contemporary artists Francesca Harper, Jozef Frucek, Linda Kapatanea, and Adriana Borriello. Richard joined BalletX in 2013.