First dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta has been awarded the National Dance Award 2011 in recognition to his long and fruitful dance career. The president of the jury, Iván Tenorio, expressed that he was given the award for being "a genuine representative of an artist who loves the Cuban Revolution".
The artist, born in 1973, is the youngest laureate of stage arts in Cuba and one of the most beloved dancers of the Cuban people. Since he entered Cuba’s National Ballet Company (BNC) in 1991, Acosta has built a successful career both in Cuba and abroad. He has performed as part of the cast of several world famous ballet companies such as the Nouvo Teatro de Torino, Italy; the English National Ballet, and the Houston Ballet, United States.
He is currently performing as a guest artist in the London Royal Ballet; the New York American Ballet Theater; and the Kirov Ballet, in St. Petersburg.
Acosta has received important awards such as the Young Artists Award of the Princess Grace Foundation in the United States (1995), his ballet Tocororo won the Lawrence Olivier Award (2007) to the best show presented in London in 2006. In 2001 he won the Villanueva Award from the Theatre Critics and Research Section of the Stage Artists Association for his show Carlos Acosta y sus invitados, presented on several stages of the country in 2010.
This exceptional and versatile dancer, who has also promoted the performance in Cuba of ballet’s most renowned personalities, was unanimously picked from a list of nominees that include other outstanding personalities of Cuban ballet such as Miguel Iglesias, Isabel Bustos, Ernesto Armiñan, Silvina Fabars, José Manuel Carreño, Clara Luz Rodríguez and Perla Rodríguez. (Granma).