London, UK

Awarded with a scholarship to The Arts Educational School, London and a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Upper School

English National Ballet
Joined 1997, Junior Soloist 2000, Soloist 2003, First Soloist 2008, Principal 2009

Title roles: Romeo & Juliet (both Nureyev’s and Deane’s); Skeaping’s Giselle; MacMillan’s Sleeping Beauty and Manon; Roland Petit’s Carmen, Jeune homme et la Mort and La Chauve-Souris; Nijinsky’s L’après-midi d’un faune; Fokine’s Schéhérazade; Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Apollo (Calliope, Polyhymnia and Terpsichore); Deane’s Swan Lake (Odette/Odile) and Strictly Gershwin. Cinderella (Corder); Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy (Eagling); Jerome Robbins’ The Cage; Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes; Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Approximate Sonata; Kylián’s Petite Mort; Scarlett’s No Man’s Land; Maliphant’s Second Breath; Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings and as Frida Kahlo in Broken Wings by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Favourite roles
Odette/Odile (Swan Lake); Juliet (Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet); Aurora (Sleeping Beauty); Manon (MacMillan); Carmen (Roland Petit) and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe)

Career highlights
Concert for Diana, Wembley Stadium; London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, Debut performances of Swan Lake in-the-round and Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall; Roland Petit’s Carmen; performing at the Royal Opera House, Palais Garnier and The Mikhailovsky Theatre and being partnered by Irek Mukhamedov and Carlos Acosta

Other info
Nominated for the prestigious Moscow-based Benois de la Danse Award in the category for female dancer; twice nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (Best Female Classical Artist). Awarded The Royal Ballet School Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma, 2018. Happily married with two beautiful daughters


"Begoña Cao looking the ultimate in sophisticated wit as she shows us the delights of the choreography"
Clement Crisp The Financial Times