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Houston Ballet's Simon BallKarina González, Principal

Birthplace
Caracas, Venezuela

Dance Training
Gustavo Franklin Ballet School, Caracas, Venezuela

Joined the Company
2010

Promoted to Principal
2013

Favorite Ballet:
Romeo & Juliet and Don Quixote

Defining Moment: When I had the opportunity to share the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty with Viviana Durante as a member of the corps de ballet.

Karina Gonzalez is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and a silver medal winner of the New York International Ballet Competition in 2007. She trained at the Gustavo Franklin Ballet School in Caracas, Venezuela and has danced professionally with Ballet National of Caracas and Tulsa Ballet, where she reached the rank of principal in 2007. Ms. Gonzalez joined Houston Ballet as a soloist in 2010, and was promoted to principal dancer in 2013. She has danced principal roles by the world's foremost choreographers, including Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty. Andre Prokovsy's The Great Gatsby; John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrews (Kate); Ai-Gul Gaisina's staging of Giselle; George Balanchine's Western Symphony, Serenade, and Emeralds. Sir Kenneth McMillan's Elite Syncopations; Nacho Duato's Por vos Muero, Remansos and Gnawa; Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land, Petite Morte and Falling Angels. Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and The Brahms-Hayden Variations. Stanton Welch's Bruiser, Maninyas, Tu Tu, The Core, Indigo, Divergence, Clear and Tapestry. Christopher Bruce's Rooster; William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Jerome Robbin's In the Night and Jorma Elo's ONE/end/ONE.

Gonzalez has been a guest artist at the Gala International Colombia (2006) and at the New York International Ballet Competition's Gala (2009). Ms. Gonzalez has also guested with Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon in Argentina, performing the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. In 2011, she participated in the Career Transition For Dancers' 26th Anniversary Jubilee in New York City, New York and The Festival de Danza Cordoba in Mexico. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Gonzalez performed in the International Ballet Gala in Malaysia and was invited as a guest artist with Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard's up and coming company Ballet Next at the Joyce Theater in NYC. 

Ms. Gonzalez has been featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine's February/March 2008 issue, Dance Magazine's November 2011 edition and A+C Houston Magazine's November 2011 edition. 

Ms. Gonzalez was promoted to principal dancer in February 2013 following her performance as Nikiya in Stanton Welch's La Bayadere.