Catalan’s dancer dream comes true
Young Catalan dancer David Navarro Yudes (b. October 23, 1996), has just been promoted to Soloist of The Royal Ballet of London. The 22-year-old talented dancer joined the Company as a Prix de Lausanne apprentice for the 2014/15 Season, and entered the Company as an Artist in 2015, promoted to First Artist in 2017.
Yudes started dancing aged four at his mother’s dance center, the Marisa Yudes Dance School in Barcelona. When he was 13 years old he won the Youth American Grand Prix to enter the prestigious Princess Grace Academy in Monaco, directed by Luca Masala, where he successfully finished his studies after four years. (Photo: David Navarro Yudes is on the back left side @Celina Lafuente de Lavotha)
David was a finalist at the 2014 Prix de Lausanne, where he was awarded the audience prize in addition to his apprenticeship with The Royal Ballet.
His roles with the Royal Ballet include Alain (La Fille mal gardée), Puck (The Dream), Gypsy Boy (The Two Pigeons), one of the Three Gardeners, Footman/Frog (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), pas de six (Giselle), Beggar Chief (Manon), Neapolitan dance (Swan Lake) and in Carbon Life. He has created roles in Untouchable and Woolf Works.
David said: “I am beyond happy, feeling incredibly grateful for this season and super excited for the next one, one of my biggest dreams has come true which I can only repay with work and more work. Once again, thank you to everyone that made me be where I am today!”
The Royal Ballet is one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, under the directorship of Kevin O’Hare, unitingDavi tradition, and innovation in world-class performances at their Covent Garden home. The Company’s extensive repertory embraces 19thcentury classics, the singular legacy of works by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and a compelling new canon by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett.
Kevin O’Hare commented on the promotions, leavers, and joiners for the 2019/2020 season: “This is always a special moment in the Season to celebrate the extraordinary talents of our dancers at the varying stages of their careers with The Royal Ballet. My congratulations to those promoted and sincere thanks to those leaving or taking up new positions within the Company for their wonderful commitment and artistry. I am delighted to welcome our new joiners and wish them every happiness dancing with The Royal Ballet”.
“You live as long as you dance.” Rudolf Nureyev