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Book Title: No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale|
Date of issue: January 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780007250776
The author of the book: Carlos Acosta
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.31 MB
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Read full description of the books No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale:Carlos Acosta is a ballet legend. Born to an impoverished family in Cuba, as a kid Carlos was always getting into trouble. He hung around a gang of boys who loved break-dancing as much as they loved bad behavior, so his father enrolled him in ballet school to keep him off the streets. Despite often skipping class, it was obvious to those around him that Carlos had a gift for dancing. At the age of 16, he won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne and at 19 he was offered the position of principal dancer at English National Ballet.
I really enjoyed this autobiography, even though I felt that Acosta complained too much. It was clear that he felt forced into this world, and resented a profession that took him away from his family. As a mother of a male dancer, it's difficult not to judge Acosta as a man who clearly does not understand how truly fortunate he is. Most dancers do not have the gifts that he does. They also train away from home and give up a lot to be dancers. While dancing gave him a career, being a star gave him the means to earn a very good living - a living that most dancers will never have. Most working dancers in the Western world make very little money, and yet THEY are fortunate just to have a job contract. This legend retired from Royal Ballet and dancing last October. He is still young, has wealth and fame. He can go anywhere now and his name will open doors everywhere in the dance world. For Carlos Acosta, dancing is his passport to freedom, even if he doesn't realize it yet.
Read information about the authorBorn in Havana in 1973, Carlos trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba with many of its most influential teachers, including Ramona de Sáa. From 1989 to 1991 Carlos performed throughout the world, guesting with several companies including the Compagnia Teatro Nuovo di Torino in Italy, where he danced alongside Luciana Savignano.
In 1990 he won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne, the Grand Prix at the 4th biennial Concours International de Danse de Paris, Vignale Danza Prize in Italy and Frédéric Chopin Prize, awarded by the Polish Artistic Corporation.
Upon the invitation of Ivan Nagy, Carlos was invited to dance as a principal with the English National Ballet in London during their 1991/92 season. He made his debut in the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor and also appeared in Cinderella (partnering Eva Evdokimova and Ludmila Semenyaka), Le Spectre de la Rose, Les Sylphides, and also as the Prince in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker.
In 1991 he won the Prize for Merit in the Young Talent Competition, Positano, in Italy, the Italian Osimodanza Prize and the Grand Prix at Cuba's prestigious Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC) competition.
Carlos danced with the National Ballet of Cuba for six months during 1992/93 under Alicia Alonso. In October 1993 and September 1994 he toured with the company to Madrid, Spain, where he danced various roles including Albrecht in Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote and Siegfried in Swan Lake.
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