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Book Title: No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale|
The author of the book: Carlos Acosta
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 631 KB
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: January 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780007250776
Read full description of the books No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale:No Way Home is a moving story of the dancers life, Cuba, sweat, tears, inspiration, and love. Finally near the end, he is proud of himself for dancing as the mud-eating kid. Acosta speaks in his own words. He wrote the book as the mud-eating kid. He is an engaging storyteller with another talent aside from ballet. He tells his tale from the heart; and tells us that he dances that way. I had the good fortune to find this and the new pocket biography of Acosta by Margaret Willis at the same time, for two perspectives. The Willis book is more basic and not as telling..but also useful. It is a quick read...Acosta's many memories are engaging and winning in "No Way Home." His candor is admirable. We get insight into the ballet characters and stories, and a glimpse backstage with the Royal, Houston Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and more.
Read information about the authorBorn in Havana in 1973, Carlos trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba with many of its most influential teachers, including Ramona de Sáa. From 1989 to 1991 Carlos performed throughout the world, guesting with several companies including the Compagnia Teatro Nuovo di Torino in Italy, where he danced alongside Luciana Savignano.
In 1990 he won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne, the Grand Prix at the 4th biennial Concours International de Danse de Paris, Vignale Danza Prize in Italy and Frédéric Chopin Prize, awarded by the Polish Artistic Corporation.
Upon the invitation of Ivan Nagy, Carlos was invited to dance as a principal with the English National Ballet in London during their 1991/92 season. He made his debut in the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor and also appeared in Cinderella (partnering Eva Evdokimova and Ludmila Semenyaka), Le Spectre de la Rose, Les Sylphides, and also as the Prince in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker.
In 1991 he won the Prize for Merit in the Young Talent Competition, Positano, in Italy, the Italian Osimodanza Prize and the Grand Prix at Cuba's prestigious Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC) competition.
Carlos danced with the National Ballet of Cuba for six months during 1992/93 under Alicia Alonso. In October 1993 and September 1994 he toured with the company to Madrid, Spain, where he danced various roles including Albrecht in Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote and Siegfried in Swan Lake.
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