Roseta Mauri


Joaquín de Luz will chair the jury of the competition


© Sergio de Luz

Director of the Compañía Nacional de Danza

He began his ballet studies at Víctor Ullate’s school. In 1992 he joined the Ullate company where he stayed for three years and in 1995 he was invited by Fernando Bujones to dance with the Mediterranean Ballet.

In September 1996, the Pennsylvania Ballet offered him to join the company as a soloist. With this company he played leading roles in the classics Diana et Actaeon, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, as well as pieces by Lynne Taylor-Corbette, Hans van Manen, Matthew Neenan and George Balanchine.

In December 1997, he joined the corps de ballet of the American Ballet Theater in New York, being named soloist a year later. In his seven years at the ABT he played important leading roles such as The Bronze Idol and Solor in La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa), First Sailor in Fancy Free (Jerome Robbins), Birbanto in Le Corsaire (A. M. Holmes), Turning boy in Études (H. Lander), Benno in Swan Lake (Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov), Clear (Stanton Welch), Black Tuesday (Paul Taylor), Symphonieta, Stepping Stones (J. Kylián) Known by heart (Twayla Tharp), or Symphony in C, Theme and Variations (George Balanchine).

In 2003 he joined the New York City Ballet as a solo dancer and was appointed principal dancer two years later in 2005. With the NYCB he danced at the Lincoln Center in New York and in the most important theaters in the world. He also performed great roles from the classical and neoclassical repertoire, and especially works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. In addition, Luz has also performed works by current choreographers such as Susan Stroman, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck.

Joaquín De Luz has participated as an invited artist in several international companies such as the National Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Stanivslaski Theater in Moscow, Ballet del Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires and the National Ballet of Cuba, among others.

Ready to celebrate the Roseta Mauri Competition’s 10th edition


The Fundació Teatre Fortuny, together with the Teatre Fortuny, are organising the X Roseta Mauri International Dance Competition, which will take place from 23 – 26 March 2022. This ballet dance competition for young dancers aged between 16 and 21 years old offers four monetary awards and other opportunities offered by Spanish and international organisations. In addition, the Roseta Mauri always counts with renowned jury members. José Carlos Martínez will chair the jury formed by Agnès Letestu, Jone San Martín and Henning Albrechtsen.

The 10th edition of the ballet competition postponed


Our jury presided by Ricardo Cervera and formed by Agnès Lestestu, Henning Albrechtsen and Jone San Martín together with our ballet teacher Arantxa Argüelles announce that the 10th edition of the Roseta Mauri International Dance Competition is not taking place in March 2021 as planned, but in 2022 due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

They also explain and comment warmly on the ballet competition held in Reus (Catalonia, Spain) every two years since 2001.


Free registration



The Advisory Committee of the Year Roseta Mauri, formed by the City Council of Reus, the Teatre Fortuny Foundation and the Association of Dance Teachers of the region of Tarragona, has proposed that in this edition, on the occasion of the commemoration of the Year Roseta Mauri, the registration for the Roseta Mauri International Dance Competition will free of charge for all participants.

Henning Albrechtsen’s “playlist” of the classical variations


henning-albrechtsen Our long-standing jury member  Henning Albrechtsen has prepared for us a “playlist” of all the classical repertoire variations that contestants can present.  For each solo he has commented on the essential requests and a dancer who performs or has performed brilliantly the part.

Female variations:Female Variations-HenningAlbrechtsen

Male variations: Male Variations-HenningAlbrechtsen




Carlos Labiós explains Sigfrid’s 3rd act variation


Spotlight on variations!

Carlos Labiós, classical dance teacher at Conservatorio de danza de Riba-roja de Túria, explains the nuances of prince Sígfrid 3rd act variation, in Swan Lake. This variation is perfect for him because allows the dancer to unfold his technique while in the jump and spin, and it helps as well to improve in terms of acting.

Here you have Carlos analysis on Sigfrid’s variation (text in English): Variación-CarlosLabiós

He proposes us to watch Carlos Acosta and Peter Schaufuss:

Lucía Lacarra is dancing at Roseta Mauri 2017 Gala


Considered one of the finest dancers of present times, Lucía Lacarra is going to take part in Roseta Mauri’s Gala, held in Teatre Fortuny in Reus, once more partnered by Marlon Dino, her co-star. These two stars have previously danced in Roseta Mauri’s Gala in 2013.

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The Basque dancer has danced abroad since she joined Roland Petit‘s company, in France. Lacarra has been principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet and since 2002 until last season also in Munich Opera Ballet. She did her first dance steps in Mentxu Medel dance school, Thaila, in San Sebastian and she completed her training at Victor’s Ullate School. In this great Spanish master’s company she started dancing professionally. Lacarra’s repertoire comprises a wide range of classical, neoclassical and modern works; from Swan Lake, to Roland Petite’s ballets and Nacho Duato or Russell Maliphant’s choreographies. Amongst other acknowledgements, Lacarra has been awarded with a Benois de La Danse for her performance as Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin in 2003 and Premio Nacional de la Danza Spain in 2005. Currently, Dino and Lacarra are regular guest artists with the Dortmund Ballet and Russell Maliphant Company.

José Carlos Martínez, president of the jury 2017



jose-c-m-by-fm-colorArtistic Director of Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain)
Commandeur de l’Orde des Arts et des Lettres (France)
National Dance Prize 1999 (Spain)

Since September 2011, José Carlos Martínez has been the Artistic Director of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza of Spain. He began his ballet studies in Cartagena, under Pilar Molina, continuing in 1984 at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes. In 1987, he won the Lausanne Prize and joined the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 1988, he was personally selected by Rudolf Nureyev to join the Ballet Company of the Paris Opera as a corps de ballet dancer. In 1992, he was promoted to Principal Dancer and won the Gold Medal in the International Competition of Varna. On 27th May 1997, he was appointed “Étoile” of Paris Opera Ballet, the highest rank a dancer can achieve.

During his career José Carlos Martínez was awarded numerous prizes, including: the Prix de l ‘AROP, the Prix Carpeaux, the Premio Danza & Danza, the Prix Léonide Massine-Positano, the Spanish National Dance Prize, the Gold Medal of the City of Cartagena, the Prize Elegance et Talent France/Chine; Scenic Arts Prize for the best dancer (Valencia), Benois de la Danse for his choreography Les Enfants du Paradis and the Premio Dansa Valencia. He is Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).

José Carlos Martínez’s repertoire as a dancer is characterized by his famous choreographies of classical and neo-classical ballet. Apart from that he has worked with most of the important choreographers of the 20th Century such as Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, some of whom created pieces specially for him.

On invitation, he has also featured as guest performer with many of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies. As a choreographer, José Carlos Martínez has created pieces for several companie. For students of the Paris Opera Ballet School he composed Mi Favorita (2002), Delibes-Suite (2003) and Scaramouche (2005). For the Paris Opera Ballet he created Paréntesis 1 (2005), Soli-Ter (2006), El Olor de la Ausencia (2007) and Les Enfants du Paradis. For the Shanghai Ballet he created Ouverture en Deux mouvements and Scarlatti pas de deux (2009), Marco Polo and the Last Mission (2010). For Compañía Nacional de Danza de España he has created Sonatas (2012), Raymonda Variations, Giselle pas de deux (2013) and Don Quixotte Suite (2015).  He also created Resonance (2014) for the Boston Ballet. He is also choreograpged CND’s first full-length classical ballet for 20 years: his own version of Don Quixote, which was premiered at Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid, on December 16th 2015

Save the date for the next competition: 21- 25 March 2017


The next edition of the competition will be held from the 21 to the 25 March 2017.

Here you have a video from the last edition.

The finalists’ impressions on the RM


Video produced by DANS PXL.