Raúl Casasola joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2008.
Born in Madrid, Spain, he began his training with María José Benítez and Santiago de la Quintana in
Colmenar Viejo. In 1995, Mr. Casasola received a scholarship to study at the renowned Víctor Ullate School
of Dance, where he trained under Víctor Ullate, María Fernández, and María Eugenia Segarra. During the
summers of 1999 and 2000, he was selected to perform with Europa Danse, a pre-professional company
for young European dancers.
In 2000, he was an apprentice with Víctor Ullate Ballet before joining the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2,
directed by Nacho Duato and Tony Fabre. There he performed works by Duato, Fabre, and Yoko Taira.
From 2002 through 2006, Mr. Casasola was a member of Ballet de l’Opera National du Rhin in France. In
2006 he joined the Boston Ballet, dancing roles in works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, and Boyko
Dossev. His repertoire includes works by Lucinda Childs, Jiří Kylián, Maurice Béjart, Jo Strømgren, Ohad
Naharin, Claude Brumanchon, Davide Bombana, Bertrand d'At, and Andonis Foniadakis.
Since joining The Joffrey Ballet, selected repertory includes Round of Angels and Viva Vivaldi by Gerald
Arpino; Episode 31, Joy, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tulle by Alexander Ekman; Infra by Wayne
McGregor; Stravinsky Violin Concerto by George Balanchine; Mammatus by Anabelle Lopez Ochoa; Glass
Pieces by Jerome Robbins. He has also premiered works by Edwaard Liang, James Kudelka, Jessica Lang
and Stanton Welch.
Raul is joining the JHDC Adult Division faculty with Ballet II Fridays from 1-2:30pm, starting Oct 12th with a FREE CLASS!!!