Ballet Master Class with Antonio Carmena, former NYCB Soloist and current faculty professor at Barnard College – Saturday, November 9 at 1:30pm

Portrait©Gerardo Vizmanos


Saturday, November 9 at 1:30pm| 90-minute session with piano accompaniment | $45 per student | Intermediate-Advanced level students* 

Antonio Carmena was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He began his dance training at age seven with the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid. Mr. Carmena was awarded Grand Prix in the Seventh Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers, and in 1997, was named the “Most Outstanding Young Dancer” in the First International Dance Competition in Zaragoza, Spain. 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.

Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr. Carmena has danced featured roles in Balanchine’s Chaconne, The Nutcracker (Soldier & Chinese Tea), Jewels (Emeralds), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula, Symphony in C (3rd Movement), La Valse, and Vienna Waltzes. He has danced in the following Jerome Robbins ballets: Dances at the Gathering (Brick), The Four Seasons (Winter & Fall), Interplay and Piano Pieces (Le Petit Cavalier). He was seen in Peter Martins The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), Swan Lake (Benno), Eight More and Fearful Symmetries. Mr. Carmena has originated a feature roles in Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.

Mr. Carmena is a faculty professor teaching ballet for Barnard College’s Dance Department. He taught in New York City Ballet’s Outreach Program giving master classes in Australia, Ireland, France and throughout the United States. He has been a master teacher for institutions as Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The School of Ballet Arizona, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet de Barcelona, the New York State Summer School, the University of Southern California’s Gloria Kaufman School of Dance, Temple University, BODYTRAFFIC, the Marin Ballet, the Laguna Ballet, the Real Conservatory in Madrid, the Royal Danish Ballet Summer Program, Art of. Summer intensive and Stage de Danse in Liege, Belgium.

Location: Open Jar Studios 1601 Broadway 11th Floor, Studio 11-J (Broadway & 48th Street – Enter on 48th) New York, NY 10019

*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at:

Photo©Paul Kolnik for NYCB