Antonio Najarro

Director, Choreographer

Born in Madrid in 1975, Antonio Najarro is an accomplished 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 honours 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’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, “Compañía Antonio Najarro”, where he created, choreographed 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 and European Champion and Olympic Medallist Javier Fernández, 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. Recently, he has been awarded by Legend of Dance Award 2018, Dancing Star Events; Honor Award (FACYDE) 2017 for the work developed with “Sorolla”, Out-of-Series Award 2017 in the Dance category; National Prize “Cultura Viva”, 2017; AISGE Foundation with Premio Actúa, (2016); Zapatilla de Plata (2016) of Indanza for its trajectory and dedication in spreading the Spanish Dance. 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 2013.

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

Fotografía de Antonio Najarro, © BNE. James Rajotte