Yoel Carreño


He was born in Havana.  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 that of Principal Dancer, his current category.  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), and in Asia (the Popular Republic of China, South Korea, Japan.) 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) South Korea (2004) and the International Ballet World Stars Gala, in Beijing, the Popular Republic of China, (2004).

His wide repertoire as a performer of the great romantic-classical tradition includes:  

La fille mal gardée / Alicia Alonso / Ludwig  Hoertel

Giselle / Alicia Alonso / Adolphe Adam

La Vivandiere / A. Saint-Léon / Cesar Pugni

Sleeping Beauty (Pas de deux) / Alicia Alonso / P. I. Tchaikovsky

Coppélia / Alicia Alonso / Leo Delibes

Sleeping Beauty / (Pas de deux) Rudolf Nureyev / P.I. Tchaikovsky

Nutcracker / Alicia Alonso / P.I. Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake / Alicia Alonso / P.I. Tchaikovsky

Don Quixote / Alicia Alonso- María E. Llorente- Martha García / Ludwig Minkus

Paquita (Grand pas) / Marius Petipa / Ludwig Minkus

Bayadére (Shadows scene) / Maria Elena Llorente after the original by Marius Petipa / Ludwig Minkus

Le Corsaire (Pas de deux) / Alicia Alonso / M. Petipa / Riccardo Drigo

Emerald (Pas de deux) / Ben Stevenson / Cesare Pugni

The Talisman (Pas de deux) / Marius Petipa / Riccardo Drigo

Diane and Acteon / Alicia Alonso – A. Vaganova / Cesare Pugni

Grand Pas Classique / Victor Gsovski / Daniel Auber

Variations for Four. /George Balanchine /

Moskovski Walts /  Russian Ballet

The sylphides / Mijail Fokine / Fryderyck Chopin

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux / George Balanchine / Piotr I. Tchaikovsky

Sylvia (Pas de deux) / George Balanchine / Leo Delibes

Ballo della Regina  / George Balanchine /  Giuseppe Verdi

Abandoned Dido / Alicia Alonso / Gasparo Angiolini

Gottschalk’s Symphony / Alicia Alonso / Louis Moureau Gottschalk

Threshold / Alicia Alonso / Johann Christian Bach

In the shadows of a waltz  / Alicia Alonso / Josef Strauss

Tula / Alicia Alonso / Juan Piñera

Dialogue to four / Alicia Alonso / Ignacio Cervantes

Ballet Comique de la Reine / Alicia Alonso / Lambert Beaulieu

Magic Flute / Alicia Alonso /

Shakespeare and his masks or Romeo and Juliet / Alicia Alonso / Charles Gounod

Carmen / Alberto Alonso / G. Bizet – R. Schedrin

Cinderella / Pedro Consuegra / Johannes Strauss

Evasion / Hilda Riveros / Seneville – Toussaint

Percussion time / Hilda Riveros / Alejandro García

Moments III  / Rodolfo Lastra / Fryderyck Chopin

Earth and Moon /  María Rovira / Equis Alfonso

The great ball / Juan Carlos Santamaría / Jose Pablo Moncayo

Majisimo / Jorge Garcia / Jules Massenet

Yurisleidis or the girl with weathered-colored eyes / Alberto Mendez / P. Hindemith – S. Rachmaninov – F. Liszt – A. Monzon – L. Rieckhoff


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