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Godfather of the event

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BIOGRAPHY

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(Madrid, 1975) Dancer and choreographer, formed by the most prestigious dance teachers in all styles: classical ballet, bowling school, Spanish classical, folklore, flamenco and contemporary dance. Matriculation of Honor in Spanish Dance at the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance Mariemma in Madrid.

He began his professional career when he was 15 years old, he joined the National Ballet of Spain (BNE) in 1997, under the direction of Aurora Pons, Nana Lorca and Victoria Eugenia and three years later, he rose to the category of First Dancer with Aída Gómez in the artistic direction of the company.

His creative vocation soon led him to choreograph, he created his own Antonio Najarro Company in 2002, for which he has choreographed four productions: Tango Flamenco (2002), Flamencoriental (2006), Jazzing Flamenco (2008) and Suite Sevilla (2011). He is also a regular creator of pieces for great figures of figure skating on ice, obtaining a Gold Medal at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games (2002) with Flamenco for the French couple Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat and with Poeta and Autumn Porteño (2006-2008) for the Swiss World Champion, Stephane Lambiel and Gold Medals at the World Championships in Boston (2016) and European Championships (2017 and 2019) for the Spanish Javier Fernández with the Malagueña choreography by Ernesto Lecuona.

In 2018 he collaborated as a choreographer, together with the coach Mayu Fujiki, with the Spanish National Artistic Swimming Team in the choreography Pasión Malagueña. Antonio Najarro, appointed Director of the BNE in April 2011, joined the Company on September 1, 2011.

Since his arrival in the artistic direction of the National Ballet of Spain, he has kept alive the already enormous cultivated repertoire, opens a way for new creation, and supports and widens the diffusion of the complex spectrum of national folklore. In July 2020, he premiered with his own company, Compañía Antonio Najarro, the show “Alento” at the Teatro del Generalife, within the 69th International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada, obtaining great success from the public and press, becoming thus in the first large format Spanish dance company to present a show after the pandemic.

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AWARDS

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-Gold medals for figure skating on ice at the 2016 Boston World Championships and 2017 and 2019 European Championships for the Spanish Javier Fernández with the choreography 'Malagueña' by Ernesto Lecuona

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- Audience Award 2018 from the Jerez Flamenco Festival to the National Ballet of Spain under the direction of Antonio Najarro

- Award of Honor of FACYDE (Federation of Choirs and Dances of Spain) 2017 for having devised and created the work 'Sorolla' for the National Ballet of Spain

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- Out of Series Character of the Year Award 2017 in the Dance category

- National Award 'Living Culture' 2017

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- Actúa de Danza Award 2016 granted by the AISGE Foundation

- 2013 Culture Award of the Community of Madrid in the Dance modality

- Teatro de Rojas Award (Toledo) Best Dance Show 2012 to the National Ballet of Spain under the direction of Antonio Najarro for the show 'Ángeles Caídos - Suite Sevilla'

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- APDE Award 2012, awarded by the Association of Teachers of Spanish, Classical and Flamenco Dance, for his valuable contribution to the world of dance

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- Best Male Dance Performer, MAX Award for Performing Arts 2010 - Harlequín Award for Best Young Choreographer 2009

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- Best Choreographer Award in the International Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco in Seville 2008

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- Gold Medal for Figure Skating on Ice at the 2006 and 2008 European Championships with 'Poeta' and 'Autumn Porteño' for the Swiss World Champion Stephane Lambiel

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- Gold Medal for Figure Skating at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics with 'Flamenco' for the French couple Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat

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- First Prize for the best choreography in the VIII edition of the 1999 Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreographic Contest.

Photo: Outumuro

Photo: James Rajotte

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