37 E. Springtown Rd. Long Valley, NJ 07853 (Morris County) | Phone 908.876.3596
37 E. Springtown Rd. Long Valley, NJ 07853 (Morris County) | Phone 908.876.3596

No Way Home 

by Carlos Acosta

A Cuban friend who had just returned from Cuba was captivating me with the stories of seeing her great grandfather’s paintings around Cuba. In our conversations, she discussed the noted Cuban ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta. She gave me his memoir to read: No Way Home (a dancer’s journey from the streets of Havana to the stages of the world). Born to a truck driver and a housewife, Acosta’s childhood was spent in the poor streets of Havana. Rebellious and feisty, he found ways to skip school and disobey his father, despite unpleasant disciplinary consequences. Acosta had one focus: to become a soccer player. His father had another: for his son to become a ballet dancer, a future the boy saw as punishment. His father enrolls him in ballet school, but Acosta’s rebellious behavior threatens his future there. His teachers see a special talent in Acosta and want him to succeed. At age 17, Acosta wins a gold medal for ballet, his first of many future awards. It is now that Acosta connects fully with ballet and commits to advancing as far as he can. Acosta’s illustrious career takes him around the world where he performs in leading roles at the English National Ballet, the Houston Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, and the Cuban National Ballet. At the Royal Ballet, Acosta was asked to represent Rudolph Nureyev in The Corsair. Acosta’s story is compelling and entertaining. His talent, achievements, and world fame came with a price, detailed poignantly in the book. This is a noteworthy and enjoyable story with themes we can all relate to: family bonds and conflict, the challenges of career vs. family,

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