Begoña Cao dancing the lead in Roland Petit's
Begoña was born in London, UK
to Spanish parents. She trained at the Arts Educational School and
The Royal Ballet Upper School. Joined English National Ballet in
1997, promoted to Junior Soloist in 2000, Soloist in 2003, First
Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2009.
Her main roles include Aurora and the Fairy Godmother in
Kenneth Macmillan's Sleeping Beauty, Odette / Odile
in Swan Lake, Juliet and Rosaline in Rudolf Nureyev's
production of Romeo and Juliet and also in Derek Deane's
mega-production in the round for the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Sugar Plum Fairy & Clara in Wayne Eagling's The
Nutcracker, Carmen in Roland Petit's Carmen, Manon in Kenneth
Macmillan'sManon, A Million Kisses by David Dawson,
Terpsichore /Polyhymnia/ Calliope in George
Balanchine's Apollo, the Main Girl
in Schéhérazade and others in MIchel
Fokine's Chopiniana/Les Sylphides, Jerome
Robbins' Afternoon of A Faun, main Nymph in
Nijinsky's L'après-midi d'un Faune, Mary
Skeaping's Giselle, the leading role in Roland Petit's La
Chauve-souris and Three Preludes, Esmeralda pas
de deux and Derek Deane's Strictly Gershwin.
Begoña guested with Carlos Acosta and Friends in Valencia and
The London Coliseum and with the National Ballet of Tokyo dancing
with Robert Tewsley in La Chauve-souris (Roland Petit).
She was nominated for the Benois de la Dance 2010 (female dancers)
and also for Best Female Dancer at the Critics Dance
Awards and has hosted a dance gala in London in aid of two
'The beautiful Begoña Cao was a standout in Derek Deane's