Elna Matamoros Biography
ARTISTIC STAFF. MASTER BALLET
She was born in Madrid en 1972. She studied Classical Ballet with her mother, Carmina Ocaña and, later, in New York, with Wilhel Burmann, among other teachers. She graduated with Special Distinction after sitting open exams at Madrid’s Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático y Danza. She also gained a Master of Arts at New York University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts, where she had won a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission and the university itself.
Since 1992, she has given classes in both private and publicly-funded dance schools at home and abroad. She has taught courses in methodology and style across a number of conservatories. She was both ballet mistress and assistant choreographer at the Ballet de Victor Ullate and has taught the Theory and History of Dance at the María de Ávila Conservatory in Madrid. She maintains a close tie with the Escuela de Ballet Carmina Ocaña. In parallel, she has developed her experience in the world of dance by taking part in conferences and research projects, as well as sitting on assessment panels and making regular contributions to specialised publications. She is author of the biography Augusto Bournonville, Historia y Estilo (Akal, 2008) and was editorial coordinator of Carmen: Gades, 25 años (Fundación Autor, 2008). Since 2007, she has acted as dance assessor for the Lowe Foundation. In her blog https://onceuponachacena.com she walks us through different arts providing commentary from her vantage point as a stage professional.
In 2002, she joined the Ballet Nacional de España as ballet mistress. Throughout her ten years there, she worked with choreographers such as Antonio Gades, José Granero, Pilar López and José Antonio. Since the 2012-2013 season, she has been ballet mistress at the Compañía Nacional de Danza under the direction of José Carlos Martínez.