Carlos Acosta, Cuban National Dance Award 2011

Havana, Apr 7. -Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta was awarded the National Dance Prize 2011 in recognition of his brilliant career, which began in the National Ballet.

Acosta has being invited to perform with prestigious international dance companies, including the American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet of London and the Kirov in St. Petersburg. He is known for his technical strength shown in roles as Basilio in Don Quixote, and the warrior Solor in La Bayadere.

He is exponent of the Cuban school of ballet, maintaining artistic and personal ties with the island, whose identity he keeps alive.

Carlos Acosta was born in Havana in 1973, and has danced in the most important stages of the world with a repertoire from the great romantic-classical to more contemporary language.

In 2007 he won the Laurence Olivier Award for his Tocororo, chosen as the best performance presented in London in 2006.

He has been part of the English National Ballet, the Houston Ballet of the United States, the Ballet de Santiago de Chile, and the Teresa Carreño of Venezuela, in the latter two as guest artist.

Among the awards won by Acosta are the Gold Medal of the Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland; the Young Artists of the Princess Grace Foundation of the United States; the Frederic Chopin of the Polish Artistic Corporation; the Osimodanza of Italy , and the Grand Prize of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba. (Prensa Latina)