Begoña Cao

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Begoña Cao dancing the lead in Roland Petit's Carmen

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 children's charities.

'The beautiful Begoña Cao was a standout in Derek Deane's Summertime duet'
The Times 

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