Angel Corella was born in Madrid in 1975. He began his ballet studies in Colmenar Viejo, and later studied in Madrid with Victor Ullate. Trained by Karemia Moreno, in May 1991, Corella was awarded First Prize in the National Ballet Competition of Spain and in December 1994, he won the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the Concours International de Danse de Paris, dancing the Pas de Deux from Don Quixote and Le Corsaire.
Corella joined the American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in April, 1995 and in August 1996, was promoted to Principal Dancer. Corella has also been a guest star with The Royal Ballet (Great Britain), Australian Ballet, la Scala Ballet, Asami Maki Ballet Tokio, Ballet of Chile, The Hungarian National Ballet, Ballet of Georgia, Finland Ballet, Puerto Rico Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet and Kirov Ballet of Saint Petersburg. Angel Corella’s repertoire includes all the principal roles of the leading classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballets. Ballets have been created on Corella by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Kevin McKenzie, John Neumeier, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, Stanton Welch, Natalie Weir and Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Lar Lubovitch and David Parsons.
In May 2000, Corella received the Prix Benois de la Danse Award for his work in Other Dances by Jerome Robbins, and on 4 November 2002, he was awarded The National Dance Prize of Spain “as an exceptional dancer and representative of a generation which enhances Spanish dance in the most outstanding international companies.”
Corella has danced for several leading international figures such as her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain and the Infantas Elena and Cristina of Spain; Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret of Great Britain, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush and President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and, recently, for the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Angel Corella, is co-creator of Kings of the Dance, with his American Ballet Theatre colleague, Ethan Stiefel, performing in 2006 and 2007 with Johan Kobborg, of England’s Royal Ballet and Nikolay Tsiskaridze of the Bolshoi Ballet.
In 2001, Ángel Corella created the Angel Corella Foundation to promote classical dance in Spain and to offer the opportunity for the finest professional training to all dancers, providing financial aid to those who need it. After six years of work one of the main projects, the Barcelona Ballet (formerly known as Corella Ballet), came to birth and started its activity on April 2008.
In 2008 he was awarded with the Comunidad de Madrid Arts International Medal and with Ciudad de Salamanca’s Culture Star. In 2009 The Galileo Award Foundation Committee formed by Jack Lang, Irene Papas, Irina Strozzi, Marco Giorgetti and Alfonso de Virgiliis gave to Ángel Corella the Galileo 2000 Award for “his exceptional talent”. In 2011 Angel received the first Ballet International Award and the Microfono de Oro (Golden Microphone) from the Spanish Press and the Foundation which carries his name was awarded the Barcelona Sports and Culture award.