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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cuba: Carlos Acosta Bestowed Nat'l Dance Award

Havana, Aug 30.- Cuban danseur and choreographer Carlos Acosta was bestowed with the 2011 National Performing Arts Award, which he devoted to Fernando, Alberto and Alicia Alonso, founders of the National Ballet of Cuba that trained him as a ballet dancer.

"I owe them what I am," said the artist at Havana's Garcia Lorca Grand Theater to a standing ovation. He also devoted the award to his family, especially to his father, who introduced him to Ballet and thought him the value of humbleness, and to all the teachers along his career.

Acosta described danseurs Jorge Esquivel, Lazaro Carreno and Andres Williams, "the Prince of Princesses", as his guides and early day inspiration.

Carlos Acosta, 38, has become the youngest ballet dancer in Cuba to be honored with the prestigious award of the Council of the National Performing Arts for its contribution to dance and ballet.

He is a genuine product of the Revolution, said choreographer and the Jury President Ivan Tonorio when he announced the verdict last April.

A Gala Night with ballet, modern dance and Afro-Cuban and Yoruba rhythms combined at the stage of the Havana Grand Theater for 90 minutes to honor Acosta. Singer X Alfonso, ballet dancer Santiago Alfonso, JJ and Danza Abierta companies, among others, performed at the special show.

Born in 1973 in Havana, Acosta took off in 1990 winning the Grand Prix of Laussanne, Switzerland. He has since then being a much revered danseur at the top world's stages. He has danced for prestigious companies like the American Ballet Theater, The Royal Ballet of London and the Kirov of St. Petersburg. (Prensa Latina).