Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta won Cuba’s National Dance Award 2011, the highest distinction granted by the National Council of Stage Arts in recognition to his lifework. Acosta is the genuine fruit of the Cuban ballet school. He is an exceptional dancer of classic, contemporary and folkloric ballet, and he has taken his art to the most important stages of the world.
Another merit to his avail unanimously recognized by the jury was having brought to Cuba important figures of the world ballet and maintaining his bonds with the Cuban National Ballet. Acosta has contributed to expand the Cuban people’s cultural education, stressed the jury.
Other dancers nominated to the prize were Ernesto Armiñan, Isabel Bustos, Silvina Fabars, Miguel Iglesias, Clara Luz Rodríguez, Perla Rodriguez and Jose Manuel Carreño, all of them boasting a brilliant artistic career.
Acosta was born in Havana in 1973. He studied ballet at the Cuban National Ballet School from which he graduated with honors in 1991.
He has danced with prestigious ballet companies including the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, English National Ballet, Houston Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Likwise, he has been a permanent member of the Royal Ballet since 1998 and 2003 he was promoted to principal guess actor.