From the neighbourhood streets in Havana to the glittering concert halls of Europe, this is the exhilarating story of one boy's rise to international stardom - in his own words.
In 1980, Carlos Acosta was just another poor Cuban kid with a passion for football and a free spirit. Running with a street gang and drawn to break-dancing, his father enrolled him in ballet school - both to exercise his obvious talent, and to keep him on the straight and narrow. Today, he soars through the air with unrivalled power and grace, moving as if suspended in space, but his skills were gained through years of loneliness, alienation and strict self-discipline. The Cuban ballet star has earned his fame with blood, sweat and many tears - and this warm and vibrant memoir reveals the true story behind the magic of his art.
'Acosta's voice is instantly likeable, and you follow his quest ... with wonder, respect and , crucially, affection.' Financial Times