The Houston Ballet Guild Principal Dancer


Caracas, Venezuela

Dance Training

Ballet Arte. Fundación Gustavo Franklin, Caracas, Venezuela

Year Joined



Principal - 2013
Soloist - 2010

Previous Company

Tulsa Ballet - 2005-2010

Favorite Roles

Juliet in Stanton Welch's Romeo & Juliet
Marie in Stanton Welch's Marie 
Sylvia in Stanton Welch's Sylvia 
Manon in Sir Kenneth MacMillan'a Manon 
Hanna in Ronald Hynd'sThe Merry Widow

Each ballet brings something so special. Juliet will be my favorite role. Manon, Marie, Hanna in The Merry Widow and Sylvia have become special roles too.

Favorite Ballets

I love all the story-telling ballets, where you can develop the character throughout the ballet. Juliet, Marie, Manon, Sylvia, these are all roles where you can show your artistry as well as technique. 

A Defining Moment

My proudest moment was the 2018-2019 season after giving birth to my baby. It has been one of the most challenging but enjoyable seasons of my career.


Karina González 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. González joined Houston Ballet as a soloist in 2010 and was promoted to principal dancer in February 2013 following her performance as Nikiya in Stanton Welch's La Bayadère.

She has danced principal roles by the world's foremost choreographers, including Ben Stevenson's CinderellaDraculaRomeo and Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty; Andre Prokovsy's The Great Gatsby; John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew (Kate); Ai-Gul Gaisina's staging of Giselle; George Balanchine's Western SymphonySerenade, and Emeralds; Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations; Nacho Duato's Por vos MueroRemansos and Gnawa; Jiří Kylián's Forgotten LandPetite Mort and Falling Angels; Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and The Brahms-Hayden Variations; Stanton Welch's Sylvia*Romeo and Juliet*MarieGiselleThe NutcrackerLa BayadèreBruiserManinyasTu TuThe CoreIndigoDivergenceClear and Tapestry*; Christopher Bruce's Rooster; William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Jerome Robbin's In the Night;  Edwaard Liang's Murmuration*; James Kudelka's Passion*; Justin Peck's Reflections* and Jorma Elo's ONE/end/ONE*.

González has been a guest artist at the Gala International Colombia (2006) and at the New York International Ballet Competition's Gala (2009). Ms. González 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. González 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. González 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.  González was name "Best dancer" 2013 by the Houston Press and was one of Pointe Magazine's favorite performances of the year. Also, González was featured in Kimberly Clark’s and Honda Civic's 2016 Television and Marketing campaign. In December 2016 González was recognized by The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at their annual Gala. In 2017, González was name one 30th Most Influential Women in Houston and 2018 was invited to participated at the International Ballet Festival of Havana. González was featured in Ed Sheeran’s music video “Put It All On Me.”  In March of 2018, González and her husband Rupert Edwards became parents of a beautiful baby girl, Julia Edwards.

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Principal dancer Karina González holds court as the perfect prima, executing the steps with exactness and glowing presence.

Jenny Taylor Moodie

Broadway World



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