Carlos Quenedit (© Chris Hardy)
Born: Havana, Cuba
Company Membership: Joined as a Soloist in 2012. Promoted to Principal in 2014.
Born in Havana, Carlos Quenedit trained at Cuba’s National Ballet School. He began his career at Ballet Nacional de Cuba and has danced with Miami City Ballet, Ballet de Monterrey, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. He joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2012.
Quenedit has a diverse repertory that includes many principal roles. Before joining San Francisco Ballet, he danced in Alicia Alonzo’s Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt, Paris, and Benvolio) and Don Quixote (Espada); Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Concerto Barocco, Ballet Imperial, The Four Temperaments Serenade, Symphony in C, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Possokhov’s Don Quixote at Joffrey Ballet; Robbins’ In the Night; and Wheeldon’s Liturgy.
At San Francisco Ballet, he has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Prince), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo, on tour in Washington, D.C.), and Criss-Cross; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Basilio); Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (Jean de Brienne); Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini (Paolo) and The Rite of Spring; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Prince Gillaume). His repertory also includes Tomasson’s Swan Lake and Trio, McGregor’s Borderlands, and Wheeldon’s Number Nine.
As a guest artist, Quenedit performed the pas de classique from Vaganova’s Diana & Acteon at Teatro Calderon’s Gala in Valladolid, Spain. In 2001 he was awarded first place and Best Individual Interpretation at the International Ballet Festival of Havana.