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Esteban Berlanga Biography


Principal Dancer. Esteban Berlanga. Picture: Jacobo Medrano

Born in Motilleja, Albacete, Esteban Berlanga began his dance studies at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Albacete, completing them later at the Mariemma  Royal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid.
Berlanga was part of the Young Company Europa Danse for three years. In 2006 he won the first prize at the Young Artists of Castilla-La Mancha contest. In the same year he joined the English National Ballet's corps de ballet, becoming first artist in 2007, soloist in 2009 and first soloist in 2012.
On Tamara Rojo's behest, he worked on the creation of No Man's Land by Liam Scarlet with the ENB and he also performed in Granada's Generalife in 2014. He has participated in numerous galas around the world accompanied by international stars like Tamara Rojo, Daria Klimentová, Erina Takahashi and Begoña Cao, among others. He has also worked in various dance productions for his hometown, Albacete.
Berlanga has been nominated several times for the National Dance Awards in the UK and also for the Benois de la Danse in Moscow in 2010.
His classical repertoire includes leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Manon, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Raymonda and Cinderella, among others. On special invitation he has danced the role of Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with the Australian Ballet.
Choreographers like Goyo Montero, Derek Deane, Ernst Meisner and Itzik Galili have created specific roles for him. David Dawson actually created Faun(e) specially for him.

In September 2013 he joined Compañía Nacional de Danza, now under the artistic direction of Jose Carlos Martinez, as principal dancer. Since then he has danced leading roles in Raymonda Divertimento, Les Enfants du Paradis and Don Quixote Suite of Jose Carlos Martinez, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated of William Forsythe, Allegro Brillante of George Balanchine, Giselle, pas de deux of Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Suite No. 2 by Uwe Scholz and the Swan of Ricardo Cué. He has also worked in other ballets for renowned choreographers, such as Ohad Naharin and Itzik Galili, among others.