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Jose Manuel Carreño, of American Ballet Theatre, is 2011 Lucia Chase Fellow


WINSTON-SALEM – Jose Manuel Carreño, who has been principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet and Royal Ballet, is the Lucia Chase Fellow at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) for 2011.

Over the next two weeks, he will teach two ballet classes per day, including technique and partnering, to high school and college students in UNCSA’s School of Dance.

Carreño retired from American Ballet Theatre (ABT) earlier this year, with a farewell performance of Swan Lake, dancing opposite Julie Kent as Odette and UNCSA School of Dance alumna Gillian Murphy as Odile, in New York City. UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri and his wife, Betty Mauceri, were there.

Jose Manuel Carreño

“Betty and I were honored to attend Jose’s last performance at ABT last spring at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House in Swan Lake – with alumna Gillian Murphy as the evil Odile – and experienced the appropriate adulation accorded him,” Chancellor Mauceri said. “For UNCSA to have him as a guest artist is absolutely thrilling and I know our students will be telling their grandchildren about these two weeks years from now!

“It goes without saying that in this first year of our unique partnership with ABT, having one of their greatest dancers on our campus in Winston-Salem underscores the fundamental importance of our relationship with America’s National Ballet Company®.”

This summer, American Ballet Theatre and UNCSA announced plans for a five-year partnership, starting fall 2011, which will implement ABT’s National Training Curriculum throughout the UNCSA School of Dance preparatory, high school and collegiate divisions and make UNCSA’s campus a second home for ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School by becoming an exclusive affiliate school. For more information, see: http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/Releases2011/Jun11/ABT.htm.

“The School of Dance is thrilled to have Jose Manuel Carreño in residence as our Lucia Chase Fellow for 2011,” said Interim Dean Brenda Daniels. “Mr. Carreño is an international ballet superstar, known for his flawlessly virtuosic technique and magnetic stage presence. Our students will never forget this experience of having a guest artist of Mr. Carreño's caliber working closely with them, sharing his incredible dance expertise and inspiring them to new heights of greatness.”

UNCSA Provost David Nelson said Carreño is known not only for the beauty of his dancing, “but also for the joy with which he performs and teaches. We are thrilled that our students have this opportunity to work with him.”

UNCSA Chancellor Emeritus Alex C. Ewing established the Lucia Chase Endowed Fellowship for Dance in 1988 as a memorial to his mother, principal dancer with and longtime artistic director of American Ballet Theatre. The fellowship provides funding for a professional dancer to serve as guest instructor in the School of Dance. Previous Lucia Chase Fellows have included Agnes de Mille, Jacques d’Amboise, Irina Baronova, Margot Fonteyn, Arthur Mitchell, Pearl Primus and Twyla Tharp.

Carreño 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, Miss., in 1990. He has appeared extensively in Europe, Latin America and the United States, dancing such roles as Franz in Coppélia, Basil in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the Le Corsaire, Diana and Acteon and "Black Swan" pas de deux.

Carreño joined the English National Ballet in 1990, where his 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, Etudes, Graduation Ball and Prince Igor.

He 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, Pyotr in The Bright Stream, 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, 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, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, 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, and roles in The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Clear, Études, Majisimo, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort and Rabbit and Rogue. He created a leading role in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and Pièce d'Occasion with Herbie Hancock.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.


UNCSA is the exclusive affiliate school of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.