Carlos Acosta CBE reflects on his career after receiving the Royal Academy of Dance QEII Award

Carlos Acosta was presented with the RAD’s Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award at a special ceremony at Spencer House in London in October 2018. The award was conferred in recognition of his standing as one of the most influential figures in dance today. Here, he reflects on his illustrious career, after receiving this award. The QEII Coronation Award, the Academy’s most prestigious accolade, was instituted in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The first recipient in 1954 was Dame Ninette de Valois. Since then it has been awarded to many of the greatest names in dance, in recognition of outstanding services to the art form. Former recipients include Dame Marie Rambert DBE, Sir Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev. It was most recently awarded to Sir Matthew Bourne in 2016.