Cristina Casa Biography
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.