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Yoel Carreño

Curriculum Vitae

Former Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Cuba
Former Principal Dancer, Norwegian National Ballet
Teacher, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
International guest teacher
Classical Teacher for Warm-Ups, Prix de Lausanne 2024

Born in Havana, Yoel Carreño studied at the Elemental Ballet School in Havana, and continued them at the National School of Ballet where he graduated with Golden Diploma. Among his principal professors are Elena Calá, Adria Velázquez, Migdalia Montero, Martha Iris Fernández, and Ramona de Sáa. As a student he was awarded with important distinctions such as the Silver and Gold Medals in the International Contest Meetings of Ballet Academies held in Havana 1996 – 1998.

In 1998 he joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the technical and artistic direction of Alicia Alonso.

In 2000 he was promoted to First Soloist and in 2001 to Principal Dancer. With the Ballet Nacional de Cuba he has toured several countries in the Americas (Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Brasil, and the United States), in Europe (Italy, Spain, England, France, Hungary, Portugal, and Holland), in Asia (the Popular Republic of China, South Korea and Japan) and in Africa (Tunez and Egypt).

He has been invited by important ballet companies and to dance events celebrated abroad, among them: the Washington Ballet, the United States of America (2001), the Ballet World Stars Galas in Budapest, Hungary, (2001, 2002, 2003) and South Korea (2004), the International Ballet World Stars Gala, in Beijing, the Popular Republic of China, (2004) Kremlin Ballet (2014, 2015)…

In 2003 he was decorated with the distinction “For National Culture,” granted by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

Yoel Carreño appears as a guest performer with several companies and has danced on many prominent international stages. He is currently teacher at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Oslo Norway, and he has been invited to teach internationally in Japan, France, Italy, Mexico, Brasil, Czech Republic, Spain.