- Madrid, Spain
- Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance
- Company Membership
Named apprentice in 2001
Joined the Company in 2002
Promoted to soloist in 2006
Promoted to principal dancer in 2008
Jaime Garcia Castilla has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle, Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Prince and King of the Snow), Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio), The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Chi-Lin, and Trio; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky); Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid (Sea Witch); Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), and Symphony in C; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Possokhov’s Optimistic Tragedy (Anarchist); Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ In the Night; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Rush. He created roles in Elo’s Double Evil; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Beaux, Joyride, and Sylvia; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Fusion; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.
His repertory includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Agon, Diamonds, Rubies, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in Three Movements, and Theme and Variations; Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016 and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; McGregor’s Eden/Eden and Chroma; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes and Maelstrom; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces, and West Side Story Suite; Taylor’s Spring Rounds; Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and On a Theme of Paganini; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Number Nine, and Quaternary.
Jaime performed with SFDanceworks in 2017, at the Pas de Deux Gala in Valladolid, Spain, in 2011 and 2012, and in Osaka, Japan, in 2006. He received the Prize of Excellence and Contemporary Dance Prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 2001.
What is your favorite costume? Why?
I really enjoyed the costumes for Morris' Sylvia because they were flowy and easy to make changes in and out of. I also loved the costumes for the Sea Witch in Neumeier's The Little Mermaid because I was instantly transformed into the character, the minute I put the costume on.
What is the hardest part of being a dancer?
The amount of devotion required.
When I'm not working, I enjoy...
Creating things, taking photos of the city on my walks, and making some videos. Lately, I’ve been focused on my jewelry line, J’aime.