José Manuel Carreño was born in Cuba, where he received his training at the Provincial School of Ballet and National Ballet School.
He won a Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987 and the 'Grand Prix' at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Missisippi in 1990.
He has toured Europe, Latin America and Australia with the National Ballet of Cuba of Alicia Alonso dancing roles such as Frank in Coppelia, Basil in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan lake, Colin in La Fille mal gardée, Don José in Carmen and also Le Corsaire, Diana and Acteon and the Black Swan pas de deux.
Mr Carreño joined the English National Ballet in 1990, where his repertoire included Solor in the Kingdom of Shades from La Bayadère, the Prince in Cinderella, Frank in Coppelia, Albrecht in Giselle, the Prince in Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Petruchio in The Taming of the shrew and a number of one night ballets and pas de deux including A stranger I came, Etudes, Graduation Ball, Don Quixote pas de deux waltzes and Prince Igor.
Mr Carreño joined the Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 1993 where his repertoire included the Prince and the Bluebird in Sleeping beauty, Basilio in Don Quixote, Oberon and Puck in The Dream, the leading role in Matthew Hart's Caught dance and Herman Schermann.
He joined the American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in June 1995. His repertoire with the company includes the title role in Apollo, Solor in La Bayadère, Frank in Coppelia, Basilio in Don Quixote, a sailor in Fancy free, Danilo in The Merry widow, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Desiré in Sleeping beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan lake, and the leading roles in Ballet imperial, Stepping stones, Themes and variations, Etude, Push comes to shove and The Prodigal son, Le Corsaire, Diana and Acteón, Esmaralda and Silvia pas de deux.
Also, since 1994 Mr Carreño has been performing as a Guest Artist with many companies all over the world such as the Ballet de Santiago in Chile, Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Theatre, Kiev Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Asami Maki Ballet, Japan Ballet Association and NBS in Japan, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and the Dutch National Ballet in Holland.
He has danced with Le Gala Des Etoiles around the world and he took part in the 1997 and 2000 World Festival in Tokyo. He also performed with his own group [Carreño in the Latin Wings] in February 2000 in Japan.
He has danced in many different locations around the world with such famous Ballerinas as Alicia Alonso, Carla Fraci, Alexandra Ferri, Nina Ananiashvili, Ludmila Semeyaka, Viviana Durante, Evelyn Hard, Miyako Yoshida, Susan Jaffe, Paloma Herrera, Amanda McKerrow, Julie Kent and others.
In December 1999, Mr Carreño was nominated in Monte Carlo for the Nijinsky Award, as one of the six best male ballet performers in the world.
Guest appearances in Italy include Teatro Alla Scala, Opera Di Roma, Teatro San Carlos, Teatro Romano, he was also invited by the director Mariagrazia Garofoli to perform some of her choreographies with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona. Carreno is an acclaimed Guest artist around the world dancing in Galas and with company’s such as Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Berlin Staatsopera Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Teatro Colon (Argentina), Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Ballet de Monterrey (Mexico).
Jose Carreno was nominated for a dance ‘Oscar’ as one of the world’s supreme male classical soloist of the new Millennium (Monte Carlo 2000) and Dance Magazine awarded him as the Male Dancer of the year in 2005. Carreno is still a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Guest starring around the world
At the Teatro Filarmonico he performed in the Gala d'autunno dedicated to Poliakov, which inaugurated the 2002/2003 Ballet Season of the Fondazione Arena and subsequently he danced in Sleeping beauty in the same theatre.