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1. To transform the lives of young, talented dancers from around the globe who would not otherwise have the opportunity by offering scholarships to a three year, rigorous dance training program at Acosta Danza Dance Academy.
2. To restore the iconic "Ballet School", located within the City of Arts (ISA) in Havana which will then house the Carlos Acosta Dance Centre .
To finance the 3-year scholarships to talented, underprivileged students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be discovered as a result of their geographical location and/or lack of access to resources. The Foundation aims to provide the selected dancers with world class opportunities and to train them in leading and multi-disciplined dance techniques at the Carlos Acosta Dance Academy.
• To assist in the funding of joint projects with Carlos Acosta's UK-based foundation, the Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation especially in support of our 3-year Scholarship Program for underprivileged aspiring dancers from around the globe.
• To financially support the building and development of Dance Academies in Cuba and the UK, thereby providing world class opportunities for young talented dancers from underprivileged backgrounds.
• To financially support a training program that places students on par with world class ballet and modern dance institutions.
• To assist in identifying avenues that lead the dancers to the commercial realization of their talents and providing a launchpad for their careers.
Board Of Directors
Dania Seiglie, Chair and CEO
Roger Wiegley, General Counsel and Director
Rupert Rohan, Director
Yvonne Santa Anna, MSG, BSN, PHN, RN, Director
Richard W. Hill, Chief Financial Officer
The International Performing Arts Foundation (TIPAF) was formed on July 27, 2015 as a Delaware corporation and received a 501(c)(3) designation on August 18, 2015 from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. TIPAF's Tax ID number is 47-4757421.
As well as a dancer and choreographer, Carlos has created many award-winning shows throughout his ballet career including Tocororo, and Carlos Acosta and Friends of the Royal Ballet. He also choreographed the Royal Ballet productions of Don Quixote and Carmen, as well as the latest production of Guys and Dolls in the West End. He has written two books, including a work of fiction, Pig’s Foot, and his very honest and heartfelt autobiography, No Way Home, a UK best seller. Yuli, a film inspired by his life, has premiered at the San Sebastian, Havana, and Berlin film festivals to great critical acclaim.
Yuli is the remarkable and touching story of Acosta’s rise to fame from his impoverished neighborhood in Havana to the world stage as the first black principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in London where he forged a legendary 17-year career. As much as it is a tribute to Acosta’s own journey, Yuli is a story about dance, opportunity, determination, family, and, not least, Cuba—an ode to the country that fuels Acosta’s passion and artistry today. Yuli will have its New York premiere at the Havana Film Festival New York on April 16. See Events Page.
In January 2019 Acosta was appointed as director of The Birmingham Royal Ballet and will commence this role in January 2020.
The Foundation to Carlos
“I believe that the world is divided into the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ and that the opportunities for the ‘have nots’ are few and far between.
Dance is one of the most expensive artforms to study and as such I believe that many talented dancers are missing out on the opportunity to pursue careers in dance because they do not have the financial means to pursue it.
I was fortunate enough to benefit as a child from a free dance education in my home country of Cuba and this is the only reason why, as the son of a housewife and truck driver, I was able to have my talent discovered and developed.
I have always wondered how many potential Nureyevs or Barishnikovs are out there waiting to be discovered but who will remain forever hidden from the world, unless they are given an opportunity to show and develop their talents.
This is why I set up my Foundation to give others the same opportunities that I had by providing free dance education to those talented young dancers who would otherwise not be able to afford or access it. ”
20th Havana Film Festival New York Closing Night
FEATURING THE NEW YORK PREMIER OF THE FILM, YULÍ
Creating a Dancer's Journey
To transform the lives of young, talented dancers who would not otherwise have the opportunity by offering free places on a three year course.The 3-year Scholarship Program is aimed at supporting 24 young people admitted each year to the Carlos Acosta Dance Academy. The training, room and board costs per dancer-in-residence is US$15,000 per year.
The full, 3-year scholarship for one dancer will require US$45,000. Won't you consider funding a talented dancer's training, either one, two or three years?
All donations are welcome.
Friends of Carlos Acosta
Friends of Carlos Acosta support the Foundation through your donations. Friends are first to hear our news and have special rates for attendance at Acosta Danza shows globally. All donations are most welcome.Donate Now
TIPAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization granted tax-exempt status on August 18, 2015 by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. US taxpayers will be able to receive a Federal tax deduction for any donation made.
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