Victor Ullate

Victor UllateV

íctor Ullate (Zaragoza, Spain, 1947) was deemed by Maurice Béjart to be one of the most complete ballet dancers of the century and the Spanish dancer to have achieved the greatest international success of all times. His extraordinary classical technique instilled by María de Ávila together with his huge love of dance conferred on him the exceptional passion and will power that very soon drove him to stand out as a soloist. His career began at the Ballet Siglo XX under the expert guidance of Maurice Béjart, where he spent fourteen years. Among his major roles, mention should be made of his appearance in Gaîté Parisienne, created especially for him by Béjart to play the master himself in an enactment of Béjart’s own biography.

In 1979, the Spanish Government entrusted him with the task of forming a classical ballet company, the first in the country, where he took on the role of Director for four years. Then, in 1983, he founded the school that would bear his name “Centro de Danza Víctor Ullate”, where he focused all his efforts on teaching and tutoring so as to transmit to his students the perfection and discipline that define him as a professional. Five years later, he worked hard to set up the Víctor Ullate Ballet, Spain’s first private Dance Company, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture, where he has since been working tirelessly.

In September 2000, Víctor Ullate embarked on an ambitious project: the Víctor Ullate Dance Foundation, the aim of which is to promote classical ballet in all forms and to provide technical and personal training to dancers who lack the necessary financial resources.

In 1989, Víctor Ullate received the Premio Nacional de la Danza (National Dance Award) and was then awarded the Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal for Fine Arts) in 1996. In 2003, he was given the Premio de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid  (Community of Madrid Culture Award) in the dance category, followed by the Premio Autor-Autor award in 2007, the Honorary MAX Award in 2008 and the MAX Award for Wonderland as the best dance show in 2011. In 2013, he was awarded the Gran Cruz de la Orden del 2 de Mayo prize by the Community of Madrid and was appointed as an Honorary Member of the University Faculty of Arts and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Alcalá. He has also received a series of other accolades, including the Medalla Festival de Granada medal in 1998.

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