Carlos Hopuy is a trained ballet dancer from Havana, Cuba. He started to study ballet at 9 years old, at the School of the National Ballet of Cuba. In 1999 he started taking part in various international dance competitions all over the world. In Cuba he won the Gold Medal and Best Talent in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He also won the Gold Medal at the 2002 International Ballet Competition in Nayoga, Japan. Carlos graduated at the Cuban National Ballet School in 2002, and soon, at only 18 years old, he became Principal Dancer at the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2004 he moved to Costa Rica, where he danced as a Principal Dancer for 3 years for the National Contemporary Dance Company. In 2008 he won the award Best Dancer of the Year in Costa Rica. In 2009 he moved to the USA and was soon hired as a Principal Dancer at Ballet San Antonio in Texas. Since 2012 Carlos dances as Principal Dancer with the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. With them he’s traveled all over the world getting inspired and dancing on beautiful important theaters in Italy, France, Spain, UK, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Serbia, Canada, Japan, and of course all over the US.

NEW YORK TIMES: “Carlos Hopuy, whose rendering of the pas de deux from Le Corsaire was… exemplary.”

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