Carlos Acosta (born 1973) is a celebrated Cuban ballet dancer. Acosta is considered one of the most influential contemporary dancers, having been born into poverty in Havana, studied at the Cuban National Ballet School, and received his diploma with maximum qualifications in addition to a gold medal. Acosta has danced with several international companies, including the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, the Houston Ballet, and continues to be a Principle Guest Artist with the Royal Ballet. Acosta has been compared to Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev for his passionate, athletic performances, and has danced with some of the world’s most famous dancers and learned from the most celebrated choreographers.

In addition to touring the world with dance companies, Acosta created his own ballet, Tocororo: A Cuban Tale, which is loosely based on Acosta’s life story, that premiered in 2002. The ballet has been well-received by audiences and critics in theatres worldwide. Acosta’s debut autobiography was nominated as one of the top 10 debut novels for the year by Waterstones booksellers. Acosta continues to captivate audiences with his powerful performances and currently lives in England. His dream is to return home to Cuba to establish a new ballet school to encourage future generations of Cuban dancers to live their dream, and bring world-famous choreographers to the Cuban community.

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