José Manuel Carreño
José Manuel Carreño, Silicon Valley Ballet Artistic Director, was born in Cuba, where he received his training at the Provincial School of Ballet and the 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.
Carreño joined the English National Ballet in 1990, where he repertoire included Solor in "The Kingdom of the Shades" from La Bayadère, the Prince in Cinderella, Franz in Coppélia, Albrecht in Giselle, the Prince and the Gopak in The Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and roles in a number of one act ballets and pas de deux including A Stranger I Came, Études, Graduation Ball, Nuestros Valses, and Prince Igor.
Carreño joined The Royal Ballet as a principal dancer in 1993 where his repertoire included the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Basilio in Don Quixote, Oberon and Puck in The Dream, a leading role in Herman Schmerman and the leading role in Matthew Hart's Caught Dance.
Carreño joined American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in June 1995. His repertoire with the Company includes the title role in Apollo; the leading role in Ballet Imperial; Solor in La Bayadère; Franz in Coppélia; Conrad, Ali, the Slave, and Lankendem in Le Corsaire; Basilio in Don Quixote; the third sailor in Fancy Free; Albrecht in Giselle; Fate in HereAfter; Des Grieux in Manon; Danilo in The Merry Widow; the Cavalier in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker; the pas de deux in Diana and Acteon, Esmeralda, Grand Pas Classique, Other Dances, and Sinatra Suite; Sergei in On the Dnieper; the Man From the House Opposite in Pillar of Fire, the Warrior Chieftain in Polovtsian Dances; the Son in Prodigal Son; the leading male role in Push Comes to Shove; Jean de Brienne in Raymonda; Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty; Misgir in The Snow Maiden; and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Mr. Carreño also performed leading roles in the second movement in Symphony in C; the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Theme and Variations; the first and second variations in Variations for Four; Without Words; Clear; Études; Overgrown Path; Petit Mort; and Rabbit and Rogue. He created a leading role in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.
Carreño is an acclaimed guest artist around the world dancing in Galas and with companies such as Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Berlin Staatsopera Ballet, Teatro Alla Scala, Opera di Roma, National Ballet of Canada, Teatro Colon (Argentina), Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Ballet de Monterrey (Mexico).
Jose Carreño was nominated for a dance 'Oscar' as one of the world's supreme male classical soloists of the New Millennium (Monte Carlo, 2000), and Dance Magazine awarded him Male Dancer of the Year in 2005. Carreño retired from ABT in 2011. He is the founder and director of the Carreño Dance Festival in Florida.