Maria José Sales Artist of the Company

Birthplace
Valencia, Spain

Training
Ballet Clásico in Valencia, Cathedra Alicia Alonso and English National Ballet School

Previous companies
Joven Ballet de Camara, Madrid, Santamaria Compañia de Danza, English National Ballet (2001-2008) and Barcelona Ballet (Corella Ballet 2008-2013)

English National Ballet
Joined 2013

Favourite roles
First couple in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV and Giselle 

Favourite production
Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella

Career highlights
Dancing for Princess Diana at the opening of English National Ballet School and appearing as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake at the Zarzuela in Madrid 

Other info
Maria has won various scholarships, including the Yorkshire Ballet Seminar in 1991 and another for Alicia Alonso’s Cathedra in Spain. Danced soloist roles with Joven Ballet de Camara in Madrid in Pas de Quatre and Majisimo. Juan Carlos Santamaria created a pas de deux especially for her. Has a Shih Tzu called Chloe!

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