Carlos Acosta, a principal at The Royal Ballet and one of the most well-known dancers ever, will retire from the classical stage during the summer of 2016. However, he's already begun to lay his next plans: Running his own dance company.
Acosta told the London Evening Standard that he plans to split his time between the UK and his native Cuba, and will draw most of his dancers from Cuba. Acosta's show Cubanía (which will be performed at the Royal Opera House later this month) features dancers from the country's top contemporary company, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, as well as the Ballet Nacional and several guest artists. It has served as a precursor to Acosta's larger vision—to showcase new work with a distinctly Cuban flair.
He has also been working to restore the ballet school at Havana's National Art School and hopes that structural work will be completed within three years.