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Carlos Lopez is currently a Director of Repertoire with American Ballet Theatre. He began his professional career at the Victor Ullate Ballet in his native country of Spain where he danced as principal dancer for six years. His repertory included leading roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, Theme and Variations, Allegro Brillante, Paquita, Les Sylphides and ballets by Maurice Bejart, Rudi Van Dantzig and Hans Van Manen. With this company he toured to Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, England, Germany, Italy and the United States.
Lopez joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and was promoted to Soloist in 2003. He has worked with Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky and William Forsyth. His repertoire with ABT included Iago in Othello, the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Birbanto in Le Corsaire, Puck in The Dream, Benno in Swan Lake, the second sailor in Fancy Free, Alain in La Fille mal gardée, Eros in Sylvia, the Lead Pontevedrian dancer in The Merry Widow, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Joker in Jeu de Cartes and roles in Offenbach in the Underworld, Amazed in Burning Dreams, The Green Table, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Dark Elegies, In the Upper Room, Gong, Company B, Seven Sonatas, Symphonic Variations, Glow Stop, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and workwithinwork.
In 1996, he won the Silver Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition and in 2004 was awarded the Les Etoiles de Ballet 2000 Prize in Cannes.
As a guest artist, Lopez has performed with the National Ballet of Georgia, National Ballet of Cuba, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, among others. He has appeared in the World Stars Gala in Budapest, the Miami International Ballet Festival, Stars of the 21st Century in Toronto and the Havana International Ballet Festival.
Lopez is an ABT Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. He joined the faculty of ABT Studio Company in 2013 and was appointed Studio Company Director of Repertoire in September 2014. During this time, he participated in ABT’s Royal Ballet School Exchanges in London, the IBStage Summer Program in Barcelona and YoungArts in Miami.
Lopez was appointed Director of Repertoire at American Ballet Theatre in August 2016. During this time, Lopez has taught classes at Harvard University, Boston Ballet, Saint Paul’s School, several ballet conservatories in Spain and is a current member of the jury at YAGP. He has served as Artistic Coordinator of the ABT Summer Intensive in California since 2018. In November 2019, Lopez choreographed his first work for the Saint Paul’s School Dance Company.
In March 2020, during the “stay at home” order for the Covid-19 pandemic, Lopez became a pioneer in teaching ballet classes online, being recognized by press around the world including The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic and the Chicago Tribune. He was included among other creators and personalities in the Apple campaign “Creativity Goes On.”