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Santiago Sales – Stay at the CND in 2019- and a Classical III student will be able to live the experience of working for a week with the group directed by Joaquín de Luz

The project that brought Joaquín de Luz, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, to the artistic direction of the Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND), included among its essential points the promotion of an educational programme as a complement to the official training activity. Under the title «The CND and education», he explains how the company has to be an ally of conservatories and professional schools in the maintenance and development of an educational programme and parallel activities.

In honour of this axis, the Compañía Nacional de Danza will grant a one-week stay to a student of Classical III. We are also pleased to announce that Santiago Sales Manzanera, who was selected for the stay at the CND in 2019 and was unable to enjoy it due to the pandemic, will be able to recover this stay.

During this one-week period, the selected person -and Santiago Sales Manzanera- will be able to participate in classes and rehearsals with the CND. The grant of the stay will be subject to there being a candidate who fits the profile required by the CND. The stays will be announced at the Closing Gala of Valencia Endanza 2021, which will take place on 31 July and will be attended by the participants of the 12th edition of our international course.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the current director of the CND, Joaquín de Luz, for continuing his commitment to providing opportunities for young dancers, as with the stay we are announcing here, just as his predecessor, José Carlos Martínez, did in the past.

As always, we encourage you to keep an eye on our social networks to find out all the news about the 12th edition of Valencia Endanza, which will take place from 19 to 31 July at the Mas Camarena resort (and with a rigorous anti-Covid protocol). See you in Valencia Endanza!


Choreography: George Balanchine.

Music: Igor Stravinsky – Apollon Musagéte (1928) Original publisher of the musical work: Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

Ballet mistress and repetiteur: Nanette Glushak.

Premiere by the CND: Premiere by the Compañía Nacional de Danza at the Teatro Real in Madrid, on 19 November 2020.

Photo: Alba Muriel | Compañía Nacional de Danza.

Dancers: Alessandro Riga, Giada Rossi, Haruhi Otani, Ana Calderón.

A brief note on the Compañía Nacional de Danza…

Founded in 1979 under the name of Ballet Nacional de España Clásico and with Víctor Ullate as its first director, over the course of four decades, the company has undergone different avatars and reformulations under different directors, with the period 1990-2010 being particularly noteworthy, with Nacho Duato as director and choreographer in equal parts, whose work managed to bring international prestige to the renamed Compañía Nacional de Danza. During the period of the former star of the Paris Opera Ballet José Carlos Martínez as artistic director, he reintroduced the classical repertoire and turned the company into a versatile one, capable of tackling both classical and contemporary proposals with solvency. In September 2019, the former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet Joaquín de Luz, whose project was selected by the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y la Música (INAEM), took over the post.

The CND’s mission, To promote and divulge the art of dance and dance repertoire to a broad audience. This means consolidating a stable company, open to all dance styles, choreographic languages and different movement arts in general, embracing both Spanish and international creations. All this aims to draw in new audiences and to boost the company’s reach and scope at home and abroad. And it will be carried out within a framework of complete artistic and creative freedom. All this is guided by the principles of quality service for citizens and professional excellence, involving interest-group participation and a drive to educate, while ensuring efficient use of resources. The approach is underlined by the onward preservation, dissemination and performance of this invaluable and intangible heritage that is dance.