Jaime Garcia Castilla was born in Madrid, Spain, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance. He was named an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet in 2001 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet the following year. He was promoted to soloist in 2006 and to principal dancer in 2008.
Jaime has performed principal and featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Peasant pas de cinq), Nutcracker (Nutcracker 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 (1st movement), Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), and Symphony in C; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Shostakovich Trilogy (Chamber Symphony); Robbins’ In the Night (1st pas de deux); 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 also includes Ashton’s Monotones I and Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Agon, Diamonds, Rubies, Serenade, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in Three Movements, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?; Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Kudelka’s Dreams of Harmony; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; McGregor’s Eden/Eden and Chroma; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Maelstrom, and Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Damned and Reflections; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Dybbuk, Fanfare, Glass Pieces, and West Side Story Suite; Taylor’s Spring Rounds; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and On a Theme of Paganini; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Number Nine, and Quaternary.
As a guest artist, Jaime performed at “Ballet Stars From San Francisco,” the Lively Arts Foundation Gala in Fresno, California, in 2012, and at the Pas de Deux Gala in Valladolid, Spain, in 2011 and 2012. He danced Flames of Paris and “The Ocean and Two Pearls” from The Humpbacked Horse in Osaka, Japan, in 2006.
Jaime’s honors include the Prize of Excellence and Contemporary Dance Prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 2001 and the People’s Prize and 1st prize at the International Competition in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1998.