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FORMER SOLOIST AT NEW YORK CITY BALLET & BALLET TEACHER
was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He began his dance training at age seven with the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid. While at the Conservatory, he studied with Virginia Valero and Antonio Almenara. In addition, he studied with Maria de Avila, Aurora Bosch, Ricardo Franco, Lazaro Carreno and Stanley Williams. After winning a Prix de Lausanne Scholarship, he came to New York City in 1997 to study at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. He was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 1999. In March of 2006 he was promoted to soloist. Mr. Carmena retired from dancing with the New York City Ballet in July of 2017
Mr. Carmena is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1996, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Third International Competition in Havana, Cuba. In 1997, he received a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, as well as at the "Prix des Telespectateurs," which was voted on by the television viewers of the Prix de Lausanne. He was awarded Grand Prix in the Seventh Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers, and in 1997, Mr. Carmena was named the "Most Outstanding Young Dancer" in the First International Dance Competition in Zaragoza, Spain.
Mr. Carmena’s performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to touring with The New York City Ballet, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, including Festival Di Spoleto in Italy. He has been a guest artist with the Laguna Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Teatro Guiseppe Verdi di Salerno, and Domenic Walsh Dance Theater.
Mr. Carmena also demonstrates ballet classes for a very popular series of instructional ballet videos for master teacher Finis Jhung. Mr. Carmena has taught master classes for the outreach program of the New York City Ballet as well as all around the country. He has taught in Europe for the Real Conservatory of Madrid, Liege summer program in Belgium as well as for the Royal Danish School summer program in Copenhagen. As of Spring 2014 he is also a faculty professor teaching ballet for Barnard College’s dance department. Additionally, for over the last 16 years he has been a member of the New York City Ballet Young Patrons committee helping them develop the program to double the size.
In the Spring of 2010, Mr. Carmena also studied at FCI the Course of “La Technique” under the teachings of Chef Ryan Orkus and Chef Jessica Botta. Mr. Carmena also took part on the blog and YouTube series of the Tanaquil La Clerq ballet cookbook.