Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose

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Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose

Yesterday, Ballet San Jose named former American Ballet Theatre principal Jose Manuel Carreño its new artistic director, effective September 3, 2013. As one of the most admired dancers of the past two decades, Carreño brings plenty of experience to the job, and strengthens the growing relationship between BSJ and ABT.

BSJ has changed direction over the last few years. In December 2011, it announced a partnership with ABT that would allow the company to use ABT’s National Training Curriculum for students.

San Francisco Gate has the entire report.

Jose Manuel Carreño’s Background

José Manuel Carreño (born 25 May 1968 in Havana, Cuba) 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.

More on the dancer’s life on

Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose

Carreño succeeds Wes Chapman, a former ABT principal who has been serving in San Jose as artistic associate for the past two seasons. Chapman was engaged after Ballet San Jose’s Board of Trustees, seeking a permanent artistic partnership with ABT, let go the company’s founding artistic director Dennis Nahat (the company was the bicoastal extension of the now-shuttered Cleveland Ballet). One of Nahat’s principal dancers, Raymond Rodriguez, who has been serving this season as principal ballet master, has been promoted to associate artistic director.

Pointe Magazine gives the news.

Jose Manuel Carreño Named New Artistic Director Of Ballet San Jose

Carreño, I’m certain will bring new energy to Ballet San Jose and help build the company’s identity. We wish him the very best and stay tuned to what season 2013-2014 will bring. Should be exciting!

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