Pop Eye of Dance 2019;
United Award for Dance 2019 in the dance category awarded by the Víctor Ullate Foundation;
Merit Brotherhood of the La Rioja Wine Guild;
Honorary Partner of the Argentine Dance Council;
La Leyenda de la Danza Star Events 2018 Award;
FACYDE Honor Award (Federation of Choirs and Dances of Spain) 2017 for having devised and created the work “Sorolla” for the National Ballet from Spain;
Out of Series Person of the Year Award 2017 in the Dance category;
National Prize “Live Culture” 2017;
2016 Actúa de Danza Prize awarded by the AISGE Foundation;
Silver Shoe Award (2016) from Indanza for his career and dedication in spreading Spanish Dance;
2013 Culture Award of the Community of Madrid in the Dance mode;
APDE Award 2012, awarded by the Association of Spanish, Classical and Flamenco Dance Teachers, for their valuable contribution to the world of dance;
Best Male Dance Performer the MAX Award for the Performing Arts (2010);
Best Choreographer Award at the International Spanish Dance and Flamenco Competition of Seville (2008)
Harlequin Award for Best Young Choreographer 2009.
Dancer, choregrapher, trained by the most prestigious dance teachers in all the styles including Classical Ballet, Spanish Escuela Bolera, Spanish Estilizada Dance, Spanish Folklore, Flamenco and Contemporary Dance.
He graduated with honors in Spanish Dance from the Royal Conservatory Professional of Dance Mariemma in Madrid.
He has performed as Principal Dancer in the choreographies of renowned figures including Rafael Aguilar, Antonio Gades, Alberto Lorca, Mairemma, Jose Antonio Ruiz and Jose Granero.
Antonio began his professional career at the age of 15 when he joined well known dance companies including Ballet Anthology, Ballet of the Lyric Theater of La Zarzuela, Antonio Márquez Company, José Antonio and the Spanish Ballets and Aída Gómez Company. He quickly rose to First Dancer in the programs of Mariemma, José Granero, Alberto Lorca, José Antonio, Antonio Gades, among others
In 1996 Antonio performed as a guest soloist in La Gitana choreographed by José Antonio Ruiz and Paul Chalmer, with the Ballet del’Arena di Verona under the direction of Carla Fracci.
He joined the prestigious Spanish National Ballet (BNE) in 1997 under the direction of Aurora Pons, Nana Lorca and Victoria Eugenia. Within 3 years he rose to the category of First Dancer when Aída Gómez took over the artistic direction of the Ballet.
Antonio’s passion for creation led him to choreography and he began participating in various editions of the Certamen Coreográfico de Danza Española y Flamenco de Madrid, a competition where he won first prize in the VIII edition.
In 2002 Antonio started his own company, Compania Antonio Najarro, where he created 4 productions, Tango Flamenco (2002), FlamencOriental (2006), Jazzing Flamenco (2008) and Suite Sevilla (2011) that toured throughout Spain, Europe, Latin America, US and Japan.
Antonio’s talent spread into the sports world where he worked with Olympic and World figure skating champions creating their competitive and show programs. He created the Flamenco program for French ice dancers, Marina Anissina & Gwendal Peizerat bringing them to the top of the Olympic podium at the 2002 Olympic Games where they won the gold medal. He also worked with European & World Champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland as well as Javier Fernandez, who became the first Spaniard to ever win a World Figure Skating Championship.
In 2018 Antonio also collaborated with coach Mayu Fujiki to choreograph for the Spanish National Artistic Swim Team.
Antonio Najarro was named Director of the Spanish National Ballet in April 2011 and began his direction in September of that year.
To date, he was the youngest director of the Spanish National Ballet. He replicated the classic works of the company including Danza y Tronío, by Mairemma, el Bolero, by Rafael Aguilar, Ritmos, by Alberto Lorca, Medea by maestro Granero, Viva Navarra, by Victoria Eugenia among others. He recreated historical scenes of Antonio, the dancer in the spectacular dedication to Antonio Ruiz Soler in the program to celebrate the Spanish National Ballet’s 40 year anniversary. In addition Antonio expanded the company’s repertoire with his new creations including the first production of Ángeles Caídos, reuniting the talent of Rafaela Carrasco, Rocío Molina, Olga Pericet, Javier Latorre, Manuel Liñán y Rubén Olmo. He later introduced Zaguán, with Mercedes Ruiz, La Lupi y Marco Flores y Soleá del Mantón de Blanca del Rey and Electra in collaboration with Antonio Ruiz. Antonio introduced his own creations to the Spanish National Ballet including Suite Sevilla, Alento, Eterna Iberia, Icaro and Sorolla which were met with unprecedented success.
Najarro created and directed his ambitious proyect of Sorolla, inspired by the collection of “Visions of Spain” by the painter.
The program displayed traditional Spanish dances from from different regions like Castilla, Aragón, Navarra, Gipuzkoa, Sevilla, Galicia, Cataluña, Valencia, Extremadura, Elche y Ayamonte. A collaborate choreographical effort between Antonio Najarro, Arantxa Carmona, Miguel Fuente and Manuel Liñán creating dances of each region of Spain.
In addition, Najarro’s presence brought a sense of innovation to the Spanish National Ballet as his work was enjoyed by the usual public and at the same time brought a new generation of people who identified with his mission to promote Spanish dance.
Najarro introduced new genres to the dance world including fashion, sports giving it enhanced visibility in traditional and social media.
Najarro counted on the collaboration and support of choreographers including
Rocío Molina, Olga Pericet, Rubén Olmo, Mar López, Arantxa Carmona, Miguel Fuente, Francisco Guerrero and Carmen Cubillo.
He also worked with esteemed creators such as Rafaela Carrasco, Javier Latorre, Manuel Liñán, Blanca del Rey, Mercedes Ruíz, La Lupi and Pilar Azorín,