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By Margaret Willis

At the present time Carlos Acosta is among the world's so much wonderful classical ballet dancers, trendy the world over for his firecracker, but subtle approach, for his riveting performing, and for his magnetic presence on level. he's thought of a countrywide treasure in Cuba, and a matinee idol to international dance goers. this can be the tale of his progress from a highway urchin in Cuba to a global celebrity.

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33 3 Expulsion and Epiphany ‘Wanting for the first time to succeed’ 1984 and eleven-year-old Carlos found that he had to repeat his second year at the ballet school as he had started at the age of nine rather than the usual ten years. Now he was in a class with his own age group, which should have been easier for him. But the bullying that he had become accustomed to with his older fellow students did not miraculously stop. So neither did his truancy. With such constant name-calling as Junior del Desastre (Junior the Disaster) it appeared clearcut to him that his new classmates disliked him.

I cried when we all had to leave. ’ An idea, so he thought, that was just a dream. He returned to school and worked hard, pushed on by an inner force. 52 For Cubans, the opportunity to travel abroad has normally been just a pipe dream. As in the former Soviet Union, the borders were, and still are, shut to all but a privileged few, especially since the plane ticket has to be paid for in foreign currency and its exorbitant price is beyond most people’s means. It takes many weeks of paperwork to obtain a visa for cultural exchanges, and permission is normally only granted to be absent for a minimum of time, so there is rarely a possibility of staying to work abroad.

But in the studios, there was a great sense of happy dedication from all the dancers. The hardships and challenges they faced daily were eclipsed by their love of learning, and invoked their determination and will to succeed. Today, with government funding, the National School of Ballet has transferred to the centre of the capital where its headquarters are now an old, very beautiful renovated mansion, modelled on the Vendramin Calergi 46 Palace in Venice, which had once been a private club for well-to-do businessmen.

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