Carlos Lopez is originally from Spain and lives in New York City where he is a
Ballet Master at American Ballet Theatre.
Lopez studied Ballet at Victor Ullate's Ballet School in Madrid, with Karemia Moreno, Atilio Labis, Menia Martínez, Aurora Bosch, Jose Pares and Hanneker Berlage before moving to New York where he perfected his training with Willie Burmann, David Howard, Rinat Imaev, Valery Semenov, Lupe Serrano, Guillaume Graffin and Wes Chapman among others.
He joined the Victor Ullate Ballet (Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid) in 1991, performing as Principal Dancer from 1996 until 2001.
Some of his repertory with this Company, included Basil in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle and leading roles in Allegro Brillante, Paquita, Theme and Variations, Les Sylphides and the Pas de Deux from Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Diana and Acteon, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Black Swan and Bluebird. Lopez danced as well leading Roles in ballets by Maurice Bejart, Rudi Van Dantzig, Hans Van Manen, Nils Christe and Victor Ullate.
With this Company he has toured to Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, England, Germany, Holland, Italy and the United States.
Carlos joined American Ballet Theatre in September 2001 and danced as a Soloist from 2003 to 2011. He has worked with Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Anthony Dowell, Alexander Grant, Georgina Parkinson, Anne Marie Holmes, John Neumeier, Donald Mahler, Anna Markar, Maria Calegari, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Nancy Somes, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, Aszure Barton, Alexei Ratmansky, James Kudelka, Lar Lubovitch, Jorma Elo, William Forsyth, Kirk Peterson, Patrick Corbin and Robert Hill .
His repertoire with ABT includes Iago in Othello, the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, the Gypsy in Don Quixote, the Portrait in Dorian, Puck in The Dream, Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the second sailor in Fancy Free, Alain in La Fille mal gardée, Birbanto in Le Corsaire, the lead Pontevedrian dancer, The Maitre D and Nijeus in The Merry Widow, the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Eros in Sylvia, the Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle, the Profiteer in The Green Table, the Officer in Offenbach in the Underworld, the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Benno in Swan Lake, The Joker in Jeu de Cartes, a Youth in Three Virgins and a Devil, leading roles in Amazed in Burning Dreams, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Dark Elegies, In the Upper Room, Gong, Mozartiana, Company B, Seven sonatas, Dorian, Symphonic Variations, Glow Stop, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and workwithinwork and Rabit and Rogue.
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, he has performed with the National Ballet of Georgia, the National Ballet of Cuba, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Japan’s Espace O.B.S, The Inoue Ballet Foundation of Japan, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Evansville Ballet, Mississipi Ballet, Tallahassee Ballet, Avi Scher and Dancers, Wausau Dance Theatre, Ballet Etudes of Connecticut, Intermezzo Dance Company and Lydia Johnson Dance.
Lopez has been invited to international ballet galas such as the “World Stars Gala” in Budapest, “Miami International Ballet Festival”, “Soirée Internationale pour la Danse” in Monte Carlo, the “Positano Dance Festival”, “Stars of the 21st Century” in Toronto and the “Havana International Ballet Festival”.
He is an ABT® Certified Teacher that has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Carlos joined the Faculty of ABT Studio Company in 2013 and was appointed Ballet Master in September 2014. For Studio Company he has staged the pas de deux of Diana and Acteon and a Suite of Corsaire and taught in London during the School Exchange with the Royal Ballet. He has been a Mentor at “YoungArts” Miami, Faculty at “Ibstage” Barcelona and member of the jury at the “Youth America Grand Prix”.
In August of 2016, he was named Ballet Master for the American Ballet Theater