Rosario was born in Granada, where at age 16 she launched her career under the tutelage of her mother, Rosario Romero, and her famous flamenco academy. There she firmly established her elegant combination of tradition, sensuality and character, which are hallmarks of her personality.
At age 18 she moved to Madrid, where the film director Carlos Saura and the dancer Antonio Gades selected her as a cast member in the film “El Amor Brujo.”
Among Rosario’s many professional accomplishments and accolades:
- Honored with the National Prize for Dance “Cultura Viva,” (XVII Edition, 2008).
- Best perform at the Khamoro Festival of Praga and honored as Ambassador of Culture.
Invited guest artist at the VI International Mariinsky Ballet Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia. First time in history that one of the temples of classical ballet, invited flamenco dancers with excellent critic: “At the curtain’s close, never have so many whistles and bravos filled the halls of the Mariinsky Theatre. An encore was demanded and given, followed by even further ovations.” Catherine Pawlick/Dance Magazine
Invited principal dancer in the galas “Farukh Ruzimatov and Friends,” at the Shinjuku Bunka Center (Tokyo, Japan) performing with principal dancers from the Kirov, Bolshoi, Paris National Opera, American Ballet Theater, Bordeaux Opera and Mikhailovsky ballets. This was the first time that a flamenco dancer was invited to perform in these galas
Protagonist and danced alongside with the Principal Dancer, Farukh Ruzimatov, at the original production of “Carmen”, choreographed by Ricardo Castro and Ángel Rodríguez, in a fusion of flamenco, classical and contemporary dance. The premier was at the Tokyo International Forum and later at the 175th anniversary of the Mikhailovsky Theater of St. Petersburg, Russia and Mikkeli Festival (Finland).
Principal Dancer in “The Aegean Festival”, at the Piccola Scala of Syros, Grecia, directed by Peter Tiboris and Renato Zanella.
Principal Dancer in the world premiere of the production “Brishen” choreographed for Rosario Castro by Renato Zanella, former Director of the Vienna State Opera, where merge flamenco and contemporary dance in a profound vision about solitude.
Invited to tour with the American production “Homenaje” (Homage) as principal dancer in New York, San Francisco and Seattle, honoring the figure of the great dancer “Carmen Amaya.”
Appointed Artistic Director of the Theater “Carmen Hall” of the theme park “Spain Village” in Shima, Japan; a collaboration between Kintetsu Corporation and Disney Directors USA
For over 10 years she was the featured female artist at the world famous Tablao Flamenco “Corral de la Morería” in Madrid, Spain. combining it with a successful artistic career as co-director of her Suite Española which with it has been in Theaters and International Festivals around the wold: Jarkov Opera, Odessa Philarmonic, Ukraine National Palace, Auditorium Rossija of Moscow, Cervantino Festival of Mexico, Khamoro Festival of Praga, Amalá Festival of Kiev, Hong Kong, Singapur, Sidney, Thailand, Indonesian, Ivory Cost, Morocco... entre otros
Currently choreographing a new production of the opera Carmen for the 2015 season of The Bolshoi Theater, Moscow
As a young boy in Granada, he received his first training in Ballet, Classical Spanish Dance and Flamenco under the tutelage of his mother Rosario Romero. There he cemented the foundation for his distinguished accomplishments and admirable artistic career.Ricardo left Granada for Madrid and he was selected, among more 500 candidates,to join Antonio Gades’s company as dancer in the film “El Amor Brujo” by Carlos Saura.
His extensive training in stylization of spanish dance school and flamenco led him to join the National Ballet of Spain after hearing at the Teatro Real, Madrid. With it runs major world theaters and festivals.
Ricardo co-directs and is choreographer of his own company Suite Spain in dedication to preserve the culture and rich heritage of Spanish Dance, and Guest dancer.
At present he is working with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in the new production of the opera “Carmen” as a choreographer and Guest Dancer.
Among Ricardo’s many professional accomplishments and accolades:
- In 2008 he was declared a Living Cultural Treasure with Spain’s National Dance Award.
- Medal as Ambassador of the Culture at the Khamoro Festival, Praga.
Author of the choreography “Eterno” for the Star Dancer of the Kirov Ballet, Farukh Ruzimatov, and inveted to the VI International Ballet Festival of the Mariinsky Theatre in Sant Petersburg, with ecellent critic: “...“At curtain close, never have so many whistles and bravos filled the halls of the Mariinsky Theater. An encore was called for, and given, before more applause.” Catherine Pawlick – Ballet ~ Dance Magazine
Invited to dance as Guest Soloist at the Moscow Kremlin Palace, Russia, with his choreography “Las noches de Madrid” at the Gala “Pianomania”, music by Dmitry Malikov.
Premier in Tokyo of his choreography “Bolero” with Farukh Ruzimatov and Rosario Castro. With “Bolero” he has performed at the Mikkeli Festival, Finland and Rimsky Korsakov Theater, San Pertersburgo.
Primer Bailarín Invitado a la gira por Estados unidos de “Homenaje” representando a los grandes bailarines de la historia de la danza española y el flamenco.
Guest principal soloist in the galas “Farukh Ruzimatov and Friends,” at the Shinjuku Bunka Center, Tokyo, Japan
His choreography “Carmen” is presented at the Tokyo International Forum, Japan. It is a fusion of flamenco, classical and contemporary dance, where he invite main dancers from Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky and Nacho Duato Company. Later is was invited at the 175th anniversary of the Mikhailovsky Theater of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Principal dancer at The Aegean Festiva of Syros, Athens, directed by Peter Tiboris and Renato Zanella.
Reanato Zanella, former director of the Vienna State Opera choreography for him the production “Brishen” where merge flamenco and contemporary dance.
Appointed Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Theater “Carmen Hall” of the theme park “Spain Village” (Shima, Japan); a collaboration between Kintetsu Corporation and Disney Directors USA
Invited as Principal Dancer performs with some of the most acclaimed artists from prestigious international companies as Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera, Bourdeaux Opera Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet.
For over 10 years he was the featured male artist at the world famous Tablao Flamenco “Corral de la Morería” in Madrid, Spain, combining with a successful career in his own company; invited in best world Theaters and Festivals as Jarkov Opera, Odessa Philarmonic, Nacional Palace of Ukraine, Rossija Auditorium of Moscow, Festival Cervantino of México, Festival Khamoro de Praga, Festival Amalá de Kiev, Sidney, Bangkok, Tailandia, Ivory Cost, Morrocco, among others.
Born into a family of artists from Granada, Spain, he received his earliest dance training with his mother, Rosario Romero. His professional debut as soloist took place in Granada, at the famous Teatro Isabel La Católica in the work “El Tablao de la Gloria.” Recognition of his formidable talent, stage presence, and interpretive skills brought him notoriety in numerous local festivals.
As a young boy, he was selected to participate in the film “El Amor Brujo” choreographed by the inimitable Antonio Gades. In recognition of his dancing and acting roles he was selected as a cast member in the film by Antonio Mercero “Don Juan mi Querido Fantasma,” and the film “Buñuel y la Mesa del Rey Salomón,” directed by Carlos Saura.
José’s professional versatility and interests allowed him to pursue a parallel career as model with some of the most recognized international names in fashion, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Victorio & Lucchino and others.
Since 1994 is soloist in Compañía Suite Española peforming in the most prestigious International Festivals of Music and Dance: Cervantino Festival of Mexico, Mikkeli Festival in Finland, Khamoro Festival in Prague, Amala Festival in Kiev, San Luis Potosi, Mikhailovsky Music and Dance Festival in Saint Petersbourg, Summers of Villa Opera, National Palace of Ukraina in Kiev, Kharkov Opera, Odessa Philharmonic, Athens Lycabettus Theatre, amomg others.
Among José’s many professional accomplishments and accolades…
Honored with the National Prize for Dance “Cultura Viva,” (XVII Edition).
Principal Dancer with the production “Flamenco Por Tres” (Flamenco by Three), choreographed by Ángel Rodríguez, Renato Zanella and Ricardo Castro.
Invited soloist dancer in the galas “Farukh Ruzimatov and Friends,” at the Shinjuku Bunka Center (Tokyo, Japan) performing with principal dancers from the Kirov, Bolshoi, Paris National Opera, American Ballet Theater, Bordeaux Opera and Mikhailovsky ballets.
For over 10 years he was a Principal Male Artist at the world famous Tablao Flamenco “Corral de la Morería” in Madrid, Spain. He was also dance partner of the famous dancer “La Chunga” in the flamenco tablao “El Café de Chinitas”.
Guest soloist dancer with the Mariemma Ballet and Ballet de Paco Romero.
Invited featured dancer in the show “Flamenco Fantasy” in the Theater “Carmen Hall” of the theme park “Spain Village” (Shima, Japan)
Selected to produce the Cultural Documentary about the opening of Expo92.
Cast member of Ballet Español de Televisión Española, supporting international stars such as Monserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Raphael, Rocío Jurado, Isabel Pantoja, Rocío Durcal, Alejandro Sanz, Rickie Martin, and others.
Dancer in the television program “Mirando al Sur,” of Isabel Gemio.
He was selected as a dancer for the Opera Season at Teatro Calderón (Madrid) where he plays a variety of styles in different operas as ‘Carmen’ ‘Aida’ ‘Luccia of Lamemure’, among others.