Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has created works for more than 40 companies worldwide. After training at Royal Ballet School of Flanders in Belgium, she danced for 12 years, including as a soloist at Scapino Ballet, before focusing her energy solely on choreography. In 2003 the newspaper NRC called her a “rising star of the Dutch dance scene,” and in 2007 she was invited to participate in New York City Ballet’s prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.
Annabelle has choreographed for NYC Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Nacional Chileno, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and The Washington Ballet, among other companies.
Among the honors her work has received; Broken Wings, created for English National Ballet, was named one of 2016’s best premieres by Dance Europe and other newspapers; and is nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, Sombrerisimo received Cuba’s Villanueva Award in 2015; A Streetcar Named Desire won the Best Choreography (Classical) award from Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2012; and Replay won first prize at the Choreographers Competition in Bornem, Belgium, in 2002.