José Manuel Carreño

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José Manuel Carreño
Born (1968-05-25) 25 May 1968 (age 49)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation ballet dancer
Years active 1990–2011
Former groups English National Ballet,
Royal Ballet,
American Ballet Theatre,
Ballet San Jose

José Manuel Carreño (born 25 May 1968) is a retired Cuban ballet dancer, who performed as a principal dancer with the English National Ballet, Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Carreño started dancing at the age of ten and received his training at the Provincial School of Ballet and the Cuban National Ballet School. He won the Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987 and the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1990. He has appeared extensively in Europe, Latin America and the United States, dancing such roles as Franz in Coppélia, Basilio in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. He has also performed in the principal roles in such works as Le Corsaire, the Diane and Actéon pas de deux and the Black Swan pas de deux.[1]

He has been principal dancer in the English National Ballet in 1990, The Royal Ballet in 1993 and the American Ballet Theater starting in 1995.

In 2004 Carreño received the Dance Magazine Award for significant contributions to the ballet world.He is currently engaged with former ballet dancer Tani Rodriguez from Ballet Nacional de Cuba

In 2007 he appeared in the movie, Born to Be Wild – The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre with Angel Corella, Ethan Stiefel and Vladimir Malakhov, directed by Judy Kinberg.

On 30 June 2011 he gave his final performance with the ABT in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House in Swan Lake featuring Julie Kent and Gillian Murphy as Odille and Odette. Carreño was joined on stage by other members of the company including Marcelo Gomes, Maxim Beloserkovsky and Cory Stearns who hoisted him overhead.

Carreño served as the artistic director of the Ballet San Jose from September 3, 2013[2] until the company closed in 2016.[3]

He made a special appearance on Dancing With The Stars.[citation needed]

Carreño is Artistic Director of the Carreño Dance Festival in Sarasota, Florida[4] and has been also been appointed Artistic Director of Ballet San Jose effective September 2013.[5] Now he is Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey (Mexico) effective November 2016.


  1. ^ "Jose Manuel Carreño". American Ballet Theatre. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Ulrich, Allan (June 19, 2013). "Ballet San Jose's new artistic director". SFGate. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Schrock, Madeline (March 8, 2016). "Silicon Valley Ballet Closes Its Doors". Dance Magazine. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Meet Our Leadership Team". Carreño Dance Festival. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Ulrich, Allan (19 June 2013). "Ballet San Jose's new artistic director". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 20 June 2013.