Juanjo Arques is a Spanish choreographer based in the Netherlands. He received his dance training in his hometown of Murcia, Spain. Before moving to the Netherlands in 2004, he spent five years as a soloist with Ballet Victor Ullate in Madrid, and four years as a soloist with English National Ballet. In 2004, Juanjo Arqués joined Dutch National Ballet where he finished his career as a soloist. Dancing with this three companies enabled him to perform the variety of works by notable choreographers ranging from classical to neoclassical, including William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson, Hans van Manen among others.
After choreographing several pieces for choreographic workshops, he was asked to create Minos, his first ballet for Dutch National Ballet, in 2010. Following the success of Minos, Juanjo Arques was ask to choreograph Consequence for the 50th anniversary of the company in 2012.
In 2014, Juanjo Arqués was nominated for the Dutch Dance Festival Award in Maastricht, and in 2016 he received two nominations for a Golden Mask in Moscow for best choreographic work and best choreographer.In recent years he has received international commissions such as Miniatures for Slovenian National Ballet, Unsound for Compañia Nacional de Danza, Madrid, Crossroads for WimWhim, Seattle among others. His latest works Roulette (2014), Rewind (2014), Carolingians (2014) Blink (2015), Bites (2015) have been performed in Holland, Belgium and Switzerland by Dutch National Ballet.In 2015 Juanjo Arqués created April for the New York Choreographic Institute - an initiative of New York City Ballet, and #Boogie (2015) for Continuum Contemporary Ballet in New York.
He also collaborated as a movement consultant for the Theater play VASLAV based on Arthur Japin's novel and at Performing Gender, a european dance project on the research themes for identity and sexual orientation in Bologna. In 2015 and 2016 he created work for the Origen Dance Festival in Riom, Switzerland. In 2016 the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet premiered his work Fresas to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch's death.
As of January 2017 Juanjo Arqués is Young Creative Associate at Dutch National Ballet. His creation Homo Ludens was premiered to great acclaim in February of 2017, as part of Made in Amsterdam by Dutch National Ballet.