Several hundred guests attended last night’s dazzling event at the Royal Opera House to launch the fundraising programme of the Foundation. Guests were witness to a spectacular dance performance by Carlos, accompanied by the amazingly talented Roberta Marquez, who is also a principal at the Royal Ballet. Carlos and Roberta danced: the breath-taking pas de deux from Diana & Acteon followed by Carlos giving a superb performance of the more contemporary, Memoria. The Paul Hamyln Hall was a magnificent venue to showcase the project and to give guests a very intimate evening of dance. Guests were also able to view the model of the site for the first Carlos Acosta Dance Centre and be inspired by the possibilities that this unique project holds.

Sir David Tang says: “Carlos, who danced like a god last night, is the reason why we must do what we can to help all those who look up to that artistry and uplifting spirit of dance. It offers an extra dimension in life that makes the world go round.”

Rupert Rohan says: “We are immensely grateful to our host Sir David Tang and all those who gave up their evening last night to support the launch of our Foundation. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I hope that it gave everyone a greater insight into what we are hoping to achieve and the task that lies ahead.”