José Manuel Carreño is rich...with knowledge! Born into a family of dancers, it was almost inevitable that dancing was the career he would pursue. Although the “amazing dancing gene” ran through José’s blood, a love and passion for Classical Ballet had to come from a passion for learning. For Carreño knowledge is very “important in life, it’s something that nobody can take from you.” Carreño was a member of the National Ballet of Cuba, English National Ballet in London, Royal Ballet in London, and American Ballet Theatre in New York. Presently, he is the Artistic Director of Ballet San Jose! Although he is busy planning our upcoming 2015/2016 Season, under the new name Silicon Valley Ballet, he is wanted everywhere! This week Carreño is teaching in Puerto Rico where he will share his love for learning with the young dancers. “You know, I think the most important thing is that as a student, you need to understand that it’s all about learning.” José Manuel Carreño expresses, “It’s something that will always be with you. I always remember my uncle telling me, “you learn from good teachers but also bad teachers.” We wish José the best and are waiting to hear the good news from his trip. Remember that with learning, one gains knowledge that “nobody can take from you.” One can learn and become a better person every day.
Photo by Ballet San Jose.