Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo in Don Quixote PDD

Elisa Badenes (Stuttgart Ballet) as Kitri and Daniel Camargo (HET Nationale Ballet) as Basilio in Don Quixote PDD, music by Ludwig Minkus, Alexander Gorsky version. Benois de la Danse Gala, shot 21.5.2019, in The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.

Elisa Badenes is a Principal Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet. Elisa was born in Valencia, Spain. From 2002 until 2007 she attended the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Valenzia. At the Prix de Lausanne in 2008 she won a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School where she graduated one year later. One year later she took part at the Youth American Grand Prix. There she won the Gold medal in the category „Senior Women“ and an award as the best European dancer. In 2011 she participated at the competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada and won the Audience Choice with her partner Daniel Camargo. They where performing the Pas de deux from the third Act of Don Quixote (Marius Petipa) as well as the Pas de deux Little Monsters which Demis Volpi created for them especially on this occasion. In the season 2014/15 she won the „German Dance Prize Future“. In the 2009/10 season Elisa Badenes joined the Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice, in 2010/11 she has been taken into the Corps de ballet. One season later she became Demi-Soloist. In 2012/13 she was promoted to Soloist, again one season later to Principal Dancer.

Daniel Camargo is currently a Principal with HET Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam. The Brazilian dancer Daniel Camargo took his first ballet lessons in his homeland Brazil. He was discovered at the Youth America Grand Prix (2005), after which he went on to train at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. In 2009, Camargo joined Stuttgarter Ballett, where he was promoted to principal dancer in 2013. In 2015, Daniel Camargo made his debut with Dutch National Ballet as a guest artist in The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Since the 2016/2017 season, he has been a principal dancer.

Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Benois de la Danse and Bolshoi Theatre, special thanks to Nina Kudriavtseva-Loory.

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