The rags-to-riches story of one of the world's greatest dancers, from his difficult childhoodm living in poverty in the backstreets of Cubam to his astronomical rise to international stardom. / A true rags-to-riches story, in the vein of 'Angela's Ashes', with all the heart-warming appeal of 'Billy Elliot'. / Carlos has written the book himself. His trademark wit and charm brilliantly evoke Cuba in the 1970s and 80s. / A feature film of Carlos's life is currently in development. / 'The Reluctant Dancer' will be published with massive publicity. The PR campaign will include primetime interviews with Carlos and serial coverage. / Guaranteed to receive broad review coverage. Carlos has a massive fanbase all over the world. He is also extremely promotable and will do everything he can to help publicise the book. / Carlos has just produced his own show, 'Tocororo', which has toured internationally and was most recently performed at Sadler's Wells, London. / 'Tocororo' was highly acclaimed for the way it merged Carlos's Cuban roots with his classical ballet training. It is the only show of its kind. / Carlos's website is www.carlosacosta.com.
Carlos Acosta was born in Cuba in 1973. He started dancing when he was nine. From 1989 to 1991 he performed throughout the world, guesting with companies including the Compagnia Teatro Nuovo di Torino in Italy. Soon afterwards, he was made a member of the National Ballet of Cuba, becoming Principal Dancer in 1994. In 1993, he made his American stage debut as the Prince in 'The Nutcracker' and in 1998 became the first black principal dancer at The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. Over the years, Carlos has appeared as an international guest artist in the USA, Russia, Holland, Chile, Argentina, Greece, Japan, Italy, Germany and France. In 2003, Carlos was featured in 'The Reluctant Ballet Dancer', a programme in the Imagine series shown on BBC1.