First Artist

Aitor Galende


Born: Castro-Urdiales, Spain

Trained: Royal Ballet School

Joined: 2016; First Artist, 2018

 Created roles: Roles in Didy Veldman's Sense of Time, (2019); Juanjo Arqués's Ignite (2018); George Williamson's Embrace (2018)

Role most important to you: Pan in David Bintley's The Tempest was my first role with the Company. It was very challenging but an honour to be part of the whole process of creating the ballet. Creating roles in new ballets and making choreographer's vision come alive is rewarding and special for any performer.

What inspired you to dance: I watched Swan Lake when I was four years old and afterwards told my mum, ‘I want to do that’.


Juanjo Arqués: Ignite
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Alain)
David Bintley: Aladdin (Djinn), Beauty and the Beast (Raven), The Tempest (Pan),  'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Texas Kangaroo Rat), The King Dances (Dames), Hobson's Choice
John Cranko:Pineapple Poll (Jasper)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Kenneth MacMillan: Elite Syncopations (Alaskan Rag), Solitaire
Hans van Manen:5 Tangos
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room
Didy Veldman: Sense of Time
Alexander Whitley:Kin.
George Williamson: Embrace
Peter Wright:The Nutcracker (Dancing partner, Nutcracker doll, Jack-in-the-box, Harlequin, Chinese Dance, Russian Dance), The Sleeping Beauty (Pas de quatre)

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