LEAD PRINCIPAL DANCER
CORPS DE BALLET
Born in Madrid, Spain, Cristina Casa began her ballet training at the María Larios and África Guzman schools. In 2005, she continued her studies at Steps on Broadway and the American Ballet Theater.
She also won first prize in that year’s edition of the Castellón national dance contest.
In 2007, she danced with the English National Ballet’s production of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2008, Cristina Casa entered as an inaugural member of Spain’s Corella Ballet Castilla y León, as part of the corps de ballet, under the direction of Ángel Corella. There, in April 2009, she was promoted as soloist. Her performances in that company include: Bayadera, by Natalia Makarova; Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto; Twyla Tharp’s In the upper Room; Ángel Corella’s String Sextet; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free; the Christopher Wheeldon choreographies VIII, DGV and Polyphonia; the La Fierecilla Domada (pas de deux); Le Corsaire (as Odalisque); Raymonda, La Esmeralda (pas de deux); Coppelia (pas de trois); Swan Lake (small swans and Odile); Paquita (as Paquita) and Rojas y Rodriguez’s Pálpito, debuted in City Center of New York.
In September 2012, Cristina Casa won the Giuliana Penzi Gran Premio, in recognition of her talent, in the 10th Edition of Labat Loano Danza in Italy.
In November 2012, she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders. There, she danced in works such as: Balanchine’s Who Cares; Wayne McGregor’s Infra; Jirí Kylián’s Forgotten Land; Edward Clug’s Les Noces, Christian Spuck’s The Return of Ulysses, Glen Tetley’s Sacre du Printemps; Cynthia Harvey’s Bayadera; Contigo and Claroscuro, two special pas de deux created by Altea Núñez; Demis Volpi’s Nutcracker and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Fall.
Standing out among her main performances are her roles as: Juliette, in Slava Samodurov’s Romeo and Juliette; part of the main couple in Tyll by Alexander Ekman; Kitri in Don Quixote, by Alexei Fadeyechev; Young Girl in Green Table, by Kurt Joos and Aurora in Marcia Haydée’s production of Sleeping Beauty.
In December 2015, she danced as guest bailarina at the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND), under the direction of José Carlos Martínez, performing as Kitri en the debut of Don Quixote at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela.
In September 2017, she was promoted to the category of Principal Dancer. Her main roles in this regard include Juliette, in the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliette, and she also danced in: Walpurgis Night, in honour of Maya Plisetskaya; Artifact and Enemy in the Figure, by William Forsythe; Por Vos Muero, by Nacho Duato; Gods and “Dogs, by Jirí Kylián.
In May 2017, Cristina Casa won the Premio Alcazaba Ciudad de Ávila, in the competition’s 18th edition, for her artistic career. The prize was awarded by the Mayor of Ávila, who also named her ambassador of the city.
In 2018, both she and her husband, Ion Agirretxe, were awarded the Amigos de Honor de la Casa de la Danza de Logroño (Friends of Honour of the City of Logroño’s Casa de la Danza).As both actress and dancer she played Isabella in Yuli, the biographic film about Carlos Acosta by the renowned cinema director Iciar Bollaín.
Kayoko Everhart was born in Tokyo (Japan). She studied from 1993 to 2000 at the Washington Contemporary Ballet under Kay Englert's directorship and took summer courses in the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet School. In 2000 she entered the San Francisco Ballet School and in 2002 transferred to the Tulsa Ballet Theatre, directed by Marcello Angelini. Two years later, in September, 2004, she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza. In 2012 she was promoted as CND Principal Dancer under the artistic direction of José Carlos Martínez.
Since joining CND she has danced principal roles in the Jardín Infinito, Cobalto, Gnawa and Alone for a second, de Nacho Duato, Carmen (the role of Carmen), by Johan Inger, Romeo y Juliet (Juliet role), by Goyo Montero, Herman Schmerman, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Artifact II, by William Forsythe, Sleepless, by Jirí Kylián. She as also danced in other ballets by prestigious choreogaphers such as Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin or Tony Fabre among others.
He was born in Alcoy, where he began his dance studies in 1988. In January 2000, he joined Compañía Nacional de Danza 2, under the direction of Nacho Duato and Tony Fabre. During this period he danced choreographies of Nacho Duato, Tony Fabre, Yoko Taira, Nicolo Fonte and Patrick de Bana.
In 2001-2002 he enters Compañía Nacional de Danza dancing works by prestigious choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Jiri Kilyan, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman and Itzik Galili, among others.
He leaves CND in 2008 to be part of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens of Montreal under the direction of Gradimir Pankov. In September 2009, he returns to the CND where he remains at present as a principal dancer.
Anthony was born in Boston MA, USA, and began dancing at the Boston Ballet school at the age of 8. In 2001 he attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts on full scholarship under the direction of Michael Owen. Upon graduating in 2005 he was accepted to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre training with Franco De Vita, Kevin McKenzie, and Kirk Peterson among others. In 2006 he joined Alberta Ballet in Calgary Alberta, Canada where he spent the past six seasons. Working closely with Jean Grand-Maitre he rose quickly, taking on many great challenges and opportunities. For instance, he has danced roles such as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Christopher Wheeldon, Karl the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker by Edmund Stripe, Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty by Kirk Peterson among many others.
In September 2012 he joined Compañia Nacional de Danza de España under the direction of José Carlos Martínez. In September 2013 he was promoted as a CND Principal Dancer. Since then he has danced leading roles in Don Quixote Suite -Basilio-, Delibes Suite, Raymonda Divertimento, Sonatas and Scarlatti pas de deux, by José Carlos Martínez, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Herman Schmerman, by William Forsythe, and Allegro Brillante and Who Cares?, by George Balanchine. He has also dance in other's prestigious choreographers works, such as Goyo Montero, Ohad Naharin, etc.