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
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.
San Jose Ballet Artistic Director Jos Manuel Carreo, center, teaches a company class at Ballet San Jose, in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)
Photo by Ballet San Jose.