Begoña Cao

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Begoña Cao dancing the lead in Roland Petit's Carmen

London, UK

Awarded with a scholarship to The Arts Educational School, London and a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Upper School

English National Ballet
Joined 1997, Junior Soloist 2000, Soloist 2003, First Soloist 2008, Principal 2009

Title roles: Romeo & Juliet (both Nureyev's and Deane's); Skeaping's Giselle; MacMillan's Sleeping Beauty and Manon;  Roland Petit's CarmenJeune homme et laMort  and La Chauve-Souris; Nijinsky's L'après-midi d'un faune; Fokine's Schéhérazade; Balanchine's Who Cares? and Apollo (Calliope, Polyhymnia and Terpsichore); Deane's Swan Lake (Odette/Odile) and Strictly Gershwin. Cinderella(Corder); Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy (Eagling); Jerome Robbins' The Cage; Ben Stevenson's Three Preludes; Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Approximate Sonata; Kylián's Petite Mort; Scarlett's No Man's Land; Maliphant's Second Breath; Aszure Barton's Fantastic Beings and as Frida Kahlo in Broken Wingsby Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Favourite roles
Odette/Odile (Swan Lake); Juliet (Nureyev's Romeo & Juliet); Aurora (Sleeping Beauty); Manon (MacMillan); Carmen (Roland Petit) and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated(Forsythe)

Career highlights
Concert for Diana, Wembley Stadium; London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, Debut performances of Swan Lake in-the-round and Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall; Roland Petit's Carmen; performing at the Royal Opera House, Palais Garnier and The Mikhailovsky Theatre and being partnered by Irek Mukhamedov and Carlos Acosta


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Other info
Nominated for the prestigious Moscow-based Benois de la Danse Award in the category for female dancer; twice nominated for the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards (Best Female Classical Artist). Awarded The Royal Ballet School Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma, 2018. Happily married with two beautiful daughters


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