Jaime Garcia Castilla
Jaime Garcia Castilla (© David Allen)
Named Apprentice in 2001. Joined in 2002. Promoted to Soloist in 2006, to Principal Dancer in 2008.
Jaime Garcia Castilla was born in Madrid, Spain, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance. He was named an apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2001, joined the Company as a corps de ballet member the following year, and was promoted to soloist in 2006 and to principal dancer in 2008. Garcia Castilla has performed featured roles in a number of ballets, including the pas de cinq in Tomasson’s Giselle; Benvolio in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; and Nutcracker Prince, Snow King, and Jack-in-the-Box in Tomasson’s Nutcracker. In addition, he has created roles in Elo’s Double Evil, Morris’ Joyride, Possokhov’s Fusion, Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, as well as the role of Eros in Morris’ Sylvia. Garcia Castilla’s repertory also includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Symphony in C; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; McGregor’s Eden/Eden and Chroma; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, On a Theme of Paganini, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour and Number Nine. Garcia Castilla’s honors include the People’s Prize and first prize at the International Competition in Zaragoza, Spain in 1998, and the Prize of Excellence and Contemporary Dance Prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 2001.