Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, also known as Nacho Duato (Valencia, 8 January 1957) is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer. After a long and successful career, he was selected by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education as the artistic director of the National Spanish Dance Company (Compañía Nacional de Danza de España) in June 1990. In July 2010 Nacho Duato was appointed the artistic director of the ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, effective from January 2011.
1983: Internationaler Choreographischer Wettbewerb, Köln, First prize for Jardí tancat.
1987: VSCD Gouden Dansprijs for his dancing skilfulness
1995: The grade of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres which is awarded annually by the French Embassy in Spain.
1998: Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts awarded by the Spanish Council.
2000: Prix Benois de la Danse awarded by 'the 'International Dance Association at the Stuttgart Opera, for his choreography Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Multiplicidad, formas de silencio y vacío).
2003: Awarded the Spanish National Dance Award (Premio Nacional de Danza) for choreography.