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Jesús Florencio Biography


  • Retrato Jesús FlorencioBorn in Barcelona, he started his dance Studies with Joan Magriña, Vicente Escudero, José de la Vega and Consuelo Sánchez. He joined the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, training under José María Escudero, Karemia Moreno, Emma Maleras, Rosario Contreras and Pilar Cambra.
    His classical-dance teachers included Aurora Bosch, Mirta Plá, Aurora Pons, Carmina Ocaña, Luis Fuentes and Luc Boy while his Spanish-dance teachers included Victoria Eugenia, María Magdalena, Paco Romero, Eloy Pericet and Pedro Azorín. In contemporary dance he has worked under Ramón Oller, Lidia Azzopardi and Cesc Gelabert, among others. He has also studied with Fernando Bujones, Azari Plisetsky, Peter Schaufus and María de Ávila.
    In 1985, María de Ávila invited him to join the Ballet Nacional de España, where he danced the great creations of Mariemma, Pilar López, Antonio Ruiz, Antonio Gades, José Granero, Pedro Azorín, José Antonio, Angel Pericet and Alberto Lorca, among others. At the same time, he also worked with Miguel Narros, Alfredo Mañas, Adolfo Marsillach, Luis Olmos, Emilio Sagi and La Fura dels Baus.
    In 2007, he abandoned stage performance and, at Nacho Duato’s request, he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza, working alongside Tony Fabre in CND2.
    In September 2011, and at Carlos Martínez’s request, he took his place as CND artistic coordinator.
    In 2014, he returned to the stage to interpret Sancho Panza in Jose Carlos Martinez’s Don Quixote.
    He has shared the stage with names such as Maya Plisetskaya, Carla Fracci, Alicia Alonso, Antonio Gades, Vladimir Vassiliev, Trinidad Sevillano, Arantxa Argüelles, Julio Bocca, Joaquín Cortés, Antonio Canales, Manuela Vargas, Merche Esmeralda, Nacho Duato and Lola Greco, among many others.

Anael Martín Biography


Anael Martín. CND Repetiteur

She worked under the artistic direction of Alicia and Fernando Alonso at the Cuban National Ballet, a company where she spent twenty-five years as lead soloist, teacher and repetiteur.
Throughout her career she worked with teachers such as Fernando Alonso, Karemia Moreno, Aurora Bosch, Loipa Araujo, Josefina Méndez, Mirta Pla, Azari Plisetski and Hugo Guffanti. She danced the whole classical repertoire of the company and collaborated with a number of Cuban choreographers such as Alberto Méndez, Alberto Alonso, Iván Tenorio and international choreographers including Antonio Gades, José Antonio Ruiz, Maria Rovira, Brian Mc Donald, Máximo Morricone and Hilda Riveros, opening her repertoire to folklore, neoclassic and contemporary choreographies.

With the Cuban National Ballet she travelled to over fifty countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe, dancing at famous theatres such as the Bolshoi and Marinsky in Russia, the Champs Elysées in Paris, the Colón in Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Opera House and the Kennedy Center in USA, among others. She also participated in many Cuban and international dance festivals.

Since 2001, after moving to France, she collaborated with the Blanca Li Company as a teacher and choreography assistant in mises-en-scène at the Paris Opera.
During four years she was the artistic coordinator and teacher of classical ballet at the Andalusian Dance Centre (CAD) in Seville.
She was invited as a teacher at the Opera of Dessau, Germany, during two seasons, with the National Dance Company directed by Nacho Duato, the National Dance Centre of Paris, the Opera of Lyon, the Finnish Ballet, José Carlos Martínez and soloists of the Opera of Paris. She has taught courses at all of the professional dance conservatoires of Andalusia and twice at the National Dance Company directed by José Carlos Martínez.
In September 2015 she joined the National Dance Company directed by José Carlos Martínez as a repetiteur.

José Carlos Martínez Biography


  • CND Artistic Director. José Carlos Martínez. Portrait: Dcropie
  • José Carlos Martínez began his ballet studies in Cartagena, under Pilar Molina, continuing in 1984 at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes. In 1987, he won the Lausanne Prize and joined the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 1988, he was personally selected by Rudolf Nureyev to join the Ballet Company of the Paris Opera as a corps de ballet dancer. In 1992, he was promoted to Principal Dancer and won the Gold Medal in the International Competition of Varna. On 27th May 1997, he was appointed “Etoile” of Paris Opera Ballet, the highest category a dancer can rise to.

During his career José Carlos Martínez was awarded numerous prizes, including: the Prix de l ‘AROP; the Prix Carpeaux; the Premio Danza & Danza; the Prix Léonide Massine-Positano; the Spanish National Dance Prize; the Gold Medal of the City of Cartagena; the Prize Elegance et Talent France/Chine; Scenic Arts Prize for the best dancer (Valencia); Benois de la Danse for his choreography Les Enfants du Paradis and the Prize Dansa València. He is Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).

Jose Carlos Martinez's repertoire as a dancer is characterized by his famous choreographies of classical and neo-classical ballet. Apart from that he has worked with most of the important choreographers of the 20th Century such as Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, some of whom created pieces specially for him. On invitation, he has also featured as guest performer with many of the world's most prestigious ballet companies.

As a choreographer José Carlos Martínez is behind many creations. For students of the Paris Opera Ballet School he created Mi Favorita (2002), Delibes-Suite (2003) and Scaramouche (2005). For the Paris Opera Ballet itself he created Paréntesis 1 (2005), Soli-Ter (2006), El Olor de la Ausencia (2007), Les Enfants du Paradis (2008) and Scarlatti pas de deux (2009). For the Shanghai Ballet he created Marco Polo and the Last Mission (2010). For Compañía Nacional de Danza de España he has created Sonatas (2012), Raymonda Variations, Don Quixote Suite (2015) and La Favorita (2017). He also created Resonance (2014) for the Boston Ballet.

José Carlos Martínez is also behind the CND's first full-length classical ballet for 20 years: his own version of Don Quixote, which was premiered at Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid, on December 16th 2015 and has been ever since touring through Spain and abroad with a huge success and unanimous praise from reviewers. In 2018 he premiered his version of The Nutcraker. 

José Carlos Martínez has been the Artistic Director of Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza de España since September 2011. 

CND Artistic Staff

Portrait José Carlos Martínez


Artístic Director

Antonio Chamizo Portrait. Picture: José Fernández


Assistant Artistic Director

Jesús Florencio Portrait


Artistic Coordinator

Portrait Cati Arteaga


Master Ballet

Portrait Anael Martín


Master Ballet

Portrait Elna Matamoros


Master Ballet

Portrait Yoko Taira


Master Ballet

Antonio Chamizo Biography


Antonio Chamizo Portrait. Picture: José Fernández

Antonio began his dance studies at the Fuengirola Cultural Centre in Malaga (Casa de la Cultura de Fuengirola) and later moved on to the Ballet Clásico de Badajoz. He further developed his studies in Madrid, at the Centro Internacional de Danza de Madrid, under the direction of Carmen Roche, working also with other teachers there, such as Gonzalo Zaragoza or Lázaro Carreño. Antonio graduated both at Madrid’s Royal Conservatory for Professional Dance (Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid) and at the British Royal Academy of Dance.

During his training, Antonio performed with the company dDT (de Danza Teatro) 1995-1998. In 1998, and after completing his training, he joined the Carmen Roche Youth Ballet (Joven Ballet Carmen Roche), moving on to Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in 2000. Now as a soloist, he performed with Introdans 2001-2004 and then, from August 2004 to July 2006, with the Ballet des Saarländischen Staatstheaters.

He has danced pieces choreographed by Renato Zanella, Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons, Jirí Kylián and William Forsythe, among others. And featuring among the roster of choreographers he has worked with are names such as Ton Wiggers, Robert Battle, Marguerite Donlon, Nils Christe, Karole Armitage, Christian Spuck, Patrick Delcroix and Hans van Manen.

At the close of the 2005-2006 season, he decided to focus on further developing his teaching skills. He therefore combined his role as teacher—both at the “Mariemma” Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza and at the “Carmen Amaya” Conservatorio Profesional de Danza—with teacher training, studying for a Higher Degree in Dance (Título Superior de Danza, specialising in Classical Dance Pedagogy), as well as doing a Masters in Performing Arts. In November 2011, he took a teaching position at the “María de Ávila” Conservatorio Superior de Danza.

Since the beginning of his teaching career, he has worked as guest teacher in such renowned companies as Wayne McGregor Random Dance, Sadamatsu-Hamada Ballet, DV8 Physical Theatre, Introdans, Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND), under the direction of José Carlos Martínez, and Ballet Nacional SODRE, under the direction of Julio Bocca and where he became a member of the artistic team.

On invitation, he has also talked at numerous conferences, has given master classes and has taught advanced teacher training courses, as well as international seminars. He has also sat on judges’ panels at different dance competitions and events.

Now, for the 2018-2019 season, he has joined the artistic team at the Compañía Nacional de Danza as Assistant Art Director.

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