Angel Corella

Sp11-WEB-Angel-Carmen-Corella-longAngel Corella is the principal and artistic director for the Corella Ballet. Born in Madrid, Corella began his ballet studies in Colmenar Viego and later studied in Madrid with Victor Ullate. In 1991 he was awarded first prize in the National Ballet Competition of Spain, and in 1994 he won the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the Concours International de Danse de Paris. The following year, Corella joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist and was promoted to principle dancer in 1996.

Corella has been a guest star with many international ballet companies, including the Royal Ballet (UK), Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet and New York City Ballet. Corella, with help from Ethan Stiefel, created "Kings of the Dance," which toured with the Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet, and choreographers Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and David Parsons have all created ballets for Corella.

Corella formed a foundation to promote classical dance in Spain and offered professional training opportunities to all dancers, regardless of their economic or social conditions. In 2008, Corella Ballet was formed at the Royal Palace of La Granja in Segovia, Spain. Since its inception, Corella Ballet has premiered two full-length classical productions (La Bayadère and Swan Lake) and three combination programs with three world premieres: String Sextet by Angel Corella, Soleá Pas de Deux by Maria Pagés and Epimetheus by Russell Drucker. The company's 2010 mixed repertory program was voted one of the top ten performances of the year by Dance Europe magazine.


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