Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet
Carlos Acosta has danced with many of the leading ballet companies in the world. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. He has achieved acclaim for dancing many of the danseur noble roles in the repertory, such as Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), The Prince (The Nutcracker), Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty) and Don Quixote. His staging of Don Quixote, his first for The Royal Ballet, opened the 2013/14 Season.
Acosta was born in Havana and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba, before dancing with the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Houston Ballet. The culture and history of his home country have been important influences throughout his career, and in 2003 his show Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, loosely based on his childhood, broke box office records at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. His 2007 autobiography No Way Home was a UK bestseller and he is currently developing plans for a new ballet school in Cuba. 2013 saw the publication of his first novel, Pig’s Foot.
Acosta has received many awards throughout his career, including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2007 and a Prix Benois de la Danse in 2008, and in 2014 he was made a CBE for services to ballet. In June 2011 he performed with Tamara Rojo at the opening night of Romeo and Juliet at the O2 Arena, London, to an audience of 13,500.
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News and features
A look at the development of the male dancer.
What did you think of the live cinema relay of The Royal Ballet's production starring Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova?
Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.
A selection of audience tweets from the first night (and matinee) of Peter Wright’s haunting production.
Ballet star plays the romantic lead in British comedy Day of the Flowers.
Audience tweets about the first night of Carlos Acosta's new production.