World-renowned ballet danger Carlos Acosta has taken up his position as the new director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The Cuban dancer and choreographer has previously said he wanted to “reach out to new and more diverse audiences”.
Mr Acosta, born in Havana, was the youngest of 11 children and went on to train at the National Ballet School of Cuba before enjoying a celebrated 30-year career in dance, including 17 years with the Royal Ballet. He was appointed a CBE in 2014.
During his career he won, among other accolades, an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award from The Royal Academy of Dance.
On his first day he tweeted: “Everything is possible”.