School Director, The School of Ballet Arizona
CARLOS VALCÁRCEL was born in Spain and began his studies at Victor Ullate School in Madrid and Maria de Avila Ballet School under Lola de Avila and Ana Baselga.
He danced principal roles at Ballet Victor Ullate and was named Soloist at Balletto di Toscana and later at the Stuttgart Ballet of Germany. Mr. Valcárcel graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Madrid and received an award of distinction upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance teacher’s course. He directed and was principal teacher of his own ballet school in Madrid and served as a guest teacher and choreographer before joining the Showa School for Performing Arts in Tokyo, under the artistic direction of Sir Peter Wright CBE. At the Showa School, he was the Principal Tutor and Lecturer of the Ballet Department.
Since 2008, Mr. Valcárcel coordinated and organized auditions for The Washington School of Ballet’s Summer Program in Tokyo, Japan, bringing a total of twenty-two new Japanese students to the TWSB in 2008. Mr. Valcárcel was invited to participate as a juror in the The Ballet Competition for Youth in Tokyo during the summer of 2008. His pieces Just A Song and Pas de Passion won the first prize at Youth America Grand Prix in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and was also awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer Award” in 2009. His choreography Dusk Fields won the first prize at Youth America Grand Prix finals 2011 in New York.
Mr. Valcárcel is credited with coaching principal ballerinas such as Miss Tamara Rojo of The Royal Ballet. From 2006 to 2011 Mr. Valcárcel work for the Washington School of Ballet teaching, mentoring and choreographing students and dancers from the company. He worked with The Washington Ballet Studio Company, staging pas de deuxs such as, Grand Pas Classique, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Coppelia, Diana and Acteon and in 2011 his version of The Sleeping Beauty. In 2010, Mr. Valcárcel was appointed Ballet Master Trainee Program of the Washington School of Ballet. During his work with the Washington Ballet Mr. Valcárcel coached students and dancers from the company achieving, two times Bronze Medal in Senior male division at Youth America Grand Prix, Bronze medal in Senior Women´s Division at Jackson Ballet Competition, Gold medal Senior Male and Bronze medal Senior Women at World Ballet Competition in Orlando.