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Cuban Ballet Star Retires From London Company, Plans To Open Shop On The Island

Spain's Tamara Rojo and Cuba's Carlos Acosta perform on July 15, 2009, with the Royal Ballet of London.

Spain's Tamara Rojo and Cuba's Carlos Acosta perform on July 15, 2009, with the Royal Ballet of London.  (ap)

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta says he aspires to open a dance company on the island after retiring from The Royal Ballet of London.

Acosta told the Communist Party newspaper Granma for a Monday article that he'd like to form a small company along neoclassical and contemporary lines.

The 41-year-old is among the world's top ballet dancers. He was one of 11 children born to a poor Havana family and studied with the National Ballet of Cuba.

Acosta joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and has been a principal guest artist since 2003. He is retiring from classical dance after the 2015-2016 season.

The dancer earlier toyed with the idea of rescuing the ruins of Havana's crumbling dance school and turning it into an international center for culture and dance.

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