Antonio Najarro Antonio Najarro

Antonio Najarro

Director of the Ballet Nacional de España

Born in Madrid in 1975, Antonio Najarro is an acomplished dancer and choreographer, who studied under the most prestigious Spanish dance masters in various styles of dance including classical ballet, Bolera School, Spanish classical, folk, flamenco and contemporary dance. He graduated with honors in Spanish dance from the Mariemma Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid and performed leading roles, dancing diverse choreographies by the Maestros Rafael Aguilar, Antonio Gades, Alberto Lorca, Mariemma, José Antonio Ruiz and José Granero, among others.

Antonio began his career at the age of 15 performing in prominent Spanish dance companies; Ballet Antología, Ballet del Teatro Lírico de la Zarzuela, the Antonio Márquez Company, José Antonio and the Spanish Ballets and Aida Gomez's Company. In 1996, he was "a special guest soloist" in the play La Gitana, choreographed by José Antonio Ruiz and Paul Chalmer, with the Ballet del'Arena di Verona under the direction of Carla Fracci. Antonio was accepted into the Ballet Nacional de España (BNE) in 1997, under the direction of Aurora Pons, Nana Lorca and Victoria Eugenia and three years later, he ascended to the rank of Principal Dancer under the direction of Aida Gomez.

Antonio's exceptional artistic talent led him to choreography as a young dancer. He competed in several editions of the Choreographic Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco in Madrid with Suspiro del Moro (1995), Movimientos Reversos (1996) and Nereidas (1999) where he earned a name for himself winning 1st prize in the competition.

In 2002 Antonio formed his own company, "Compania Antonio Najarro",  where he created, choreorgraphed and starred in four productions: Tango Flamenco (2002), Flamencoriental (2006), Jazzing Flamenco (2008) and Suite Sevilla (2011).   Antonio's choreographic talents grabbed the attention of the Figure Skating world as he was sought after by Olympic and World Champions to create their competitive programs.  He created Marina Anissina & Gwendal Peizerat's 2002 Olympic program (Flamenco) which led them to earn the Olympic Gold Medal.  He has also created programs (Poeta & Otoño Porteño) for World Champion & Olympic Silver Medalist, Stephane Lambiel, World Champion Brian Joubert, European Champions, Pechalat & Bourzat and U.S. National Champion, Jeremy Abbott.  Antonio performed as a "Special Guest" in Art on Ice, Switzerland, Champions on Ice, Japan, Fantasy on Ice, Japan as well as serving as the figure skating tours' choreographer.

Antonio's accolates include the Best Choreographer Award at the International Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco in Seville (2008), the Award APDE 2012 of Spanish, Flamenco and Classical Dance Teachers, the Harlequin Prize for the Best Young Choreographer in 2009, the 2010 MAX Award for the Performing Arts for the Best Male Dance Performer and the Award Dance of the Community of Madrid in 2014

Antonio Najarro was appointed Director of the Ballet Nacional de España on April 11, 2011 and he incorporated his position on September 1, 2011.

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