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Arantxa Ochoa
Master Lecturer

Principal Teacher of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet and Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts.

Arantxa Ochoa was born in Valladolid, Spain, and has been a principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet since 2001. In October 2012, she retired from the stage to take on a new role as the principal teacher of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. She took her first artistic steps as a rhythmic gymnast. At age 11, she moved to Madrid to study at the Centro de Danza with Victor Ullate. She continued her studies at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and three years later, she was accepted in the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York. She studied with some of the best international teachers of the moment, including Stanley Williams, Marika Besobrasova, William Burhman, Truman Finney, Suky Schorer and Adam Luders. Ochoa spent three years at Hartford Ballet before joining Pennsylvania Ballet in 1996.
Her versatility as a performer and her great interpretive maturity has gained her recognition from critics and audiences and has allowed her to dance every major role, from the greatest works of classical tradition, to modern and neoclassical choreography. The New York Times wrote about her: “Ms. Ochoa beamed like Audrey Hepburn. When a ballet is in the hands of performers this good, you can sit relax and bask in its beauties.”

Some of the ballets in her repertoire include Odette-Odile in the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake,” Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty,” Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet,” Swanilda in “Coppelia,” Lise in “La Fille Mal Gardee,” Katherina in “The Taming of the Shrew,” and the title roles in James Kudelka’s “The Firebird” and Marius Petipa’s “Giselle.” Her extensive repertoire of Balanchine ballets includes the leads in “Apollo,” “Agon,” “Bugaku,” “Ballo Della Regina,” “Concerto Barocco,” “Divertimento 15,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Monumentum pro Gesualdo,” “Movements for Piano and Orchestra,” “Prodigal Son,” “Raymonda Variations,” “Serenade,” “Theme and Variations,” “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” “Western Symphony” and “Who Cares?” Ochoa has also danced leading roles in William Forsythe’s “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated,” Jerome Robbins’ “The Concert” and “In the Night”; Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room” and “Sinatra Songs”; Peter Martin’s “Fearful Symmetries” and “Waltz Project”; and has originated many roles in works by Matthew Neenan and Kirk Peterson, among others.

Ochoa has had the opportunity to participate in many galas and festivals throughout Europe, including the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the Stars of the New York Ballet in London, the Sintra Festival in Portugal, the Northwest Phalen Tanz in Germany and with the Chicago Ballet. For the past 10 years, in addition to her performing career, Ochoa has being a guest teacher in numerous colleges and schools. She has been invited to give dance conferences, master classes and summer courses in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Spain.


Class Schedule, Fall 2014

M01:00PM - 02:20PMAdv. Pointe & Variations III
W02:30PM - 03:50PMAdv. Pointe & Variations III
M,TH11:30AM - 12:50PMBallet
M,TH11:30AM - 12:50PMBallet
M,T,TH,F08:30AM - 09:50AMBallet
M,T,TH,F08:30AM - 09:50AMBallet
M,T,TH,F08:30AM - 09:50AMBallet

Contact Info

Office: Terra Building 3RD
Tel: 215-717-6110
Fax: 215-717-6109