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39 minutes ago, toursenlair said:

does this typically sell out, and if so how fast?

 

It has sold out in smaller venues (Queen Elizabeth Hall and Sadlers Wells). Not sure about the Lyceum and The London Palladium except that ticket sales seemed to move slower there. But the Coliseum is surely the biggest theatre to host this event to date so there must be a chance of getting tickets well into the New Year.

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I would be pretty sure that the Coli will not sell out for this event even though it is becoming more popular....Coli is enormous!!

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My how it's grown....I was at the first one which was in the large rehearsal studio at Markova House!

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The finalists have been announced:

 

Precious Adams

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Georgio Garrett

Daniel McCormick

Francesca Velicu

Connie Vowles

 

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Garrett was one of the Gurns in La Sylphide. He appears in an interview on ENB's website. It's a very nice list with no obvious 'winner', which is a good thing IMO. Good luck to all the nominees.

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1 hour ago, alison said:

I don't know Garrett ...

 

"Giorgio Garrett
Garrett trained at Palma’s Conservatoire of Music and Dance and at the Royal Ballet School. He joined English National Ballet as an Artist of the Company in 2016 from The National Ballet of Canada. In 2011, Giorgio was awarded the ‘Encouragement and Potential Award’ at Young British Dancer of the Year, followed by the ‘Commendation Award’ in 2012. Giorgio has danced with English National Ballet in works including Akram Khan’s Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Nutcracker, Song of the Earth and La Sylphide in which he danced the role of Gurn."

 

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I couldn't possibly choose from that list as to me they are all equally deserving, so all I can do is wish them all the best of luck!  

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Still no idea who he is, though - he must have been in the corps at all the performances I saw :)

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On 12/17/2017 at 20:56, capybara said:

 

It has sold out in smaller venues (Queen Elizabeth Hall and Sadlers Wells). Not sure about the Lyceum and The London Palladium except that ticket sales seemed to move slower there. But the Coliseum is surely the biggest theatre to host this event to date so there must be a chance of getting tickets well into the New Year.

 

Presumably it comes with the Coliseum booking package for Sleeping Beauty, doesn't it, hence why it's being held there?  Not sure how much the company would pay for "dark" nights at the theatre, so I suspect it will make financial sense.

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1 hour ago, alison said:

Still no idea who he is, though - he must have been in the corps at all the performances I saw :)

 

Please look at the ENB website here:    https://www.ballet.org.uk/the-company/dancers/   Scroll down to find Giorgio's mug shot and click for a photo of him in role.                                        

I believe that Giorgio was unfortunately injured and unable to play Gurn in La Sylphide in London.

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Having watched the last two Emerging Dancer shows, I just hope that this year they do something about the lighting. It was all too dark. It reminded of those old Bolshoi performances that are televised occasionally and the dancers are hardly visible in that huge black space....🙄

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1 hour ago, Sharon said:

Having watched the last two Emerging Dancer shows, I just hope that this year they do something about the lighting. It was all too dark. It reminded of those old Bolshoi performances that are televised occasionally and the dancers are hardly visible in that huge black space....🙄

 

I do so agree with you on this - they are supposed to be showing off their dancing skills, not their moody (black moody at that) lighting designs

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And here is the official press release:

 

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English National Ballet 
Emerging Dancer 
London Coliseum
Monday 11 June 2018 
Performance at 7.30pm 
Tickets: £12 - £35
Box office: 020 7845 9300 and www.ballet.org.uk/emerging
 
On Monday 11 June 2018, English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition will be held at the London Coliseum for the first time. 
 
Through this annual event, English National Ballet recognises the excellence of its artists. Selected by their peers, six of the company's most promising dancers perform in front of an eminent panel of expert judges, before one receives the 2018 Emerging Dancer Award.
 
The recipients of the People's Choice Award, selected by members of the public, and the Corps de Ballet Award, acknowledging the work on and off-stage of a member of the Corps de Ballet, will also be revealed.
 
Emerging Dancer is a key part of English National Ballet’s commitment to developing and nurturing talent within the company. Last year’s joint Emerging Dancer Award winners, Aitor Arrieta and Rina Kanehara, have since been promoted to Soloist and Junior Soloist respectively and have gone on to perform principal roles in Nutcracker, Akram Khan’s Giselle, La Sylphide and Song of the Earth
 
The 2018 finalists are: 
 
Precious Adams
Trained at the National Ballet School of Canada; Academy Princess Grace Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow, Adams joined English National Ballet following her double prize win at the Prix de Lausanne in 2014. She was promoted to First Artist in 2017 and has danced with the company in works including William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Pina Bausch’s Le sacre du printemps, Song of the Earth, and recently in Elite Syncopations at the Royal Opera House as part of ‘Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration’. 
 
Fernando Carratalá Coloma
Coloma joined English National Ballet in 2017 as an Artist of the Company, having previously danced with Victor Ullate Ballet in Spain. Since joining the company, he has performed the principal roles of Nutcracker, and as the Messenger of Death in Song of the Earth
 
Giorgio Garrett
Garrett trained at Palma’s Conservatoire of Music and Dance and at the Royal Ballet School. He joined English National Ballet as an Artist of the Company in 2016 from The National Ballet of Canada. In 2011, Giorgio was awarded the ‘Encouragement and Potential Award’ at Young British Dancer of the Year, followed by the ‘Commendation Award’ in 2012. Giorgio has danced with English National Ballet in works including Akram Khan’s Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Nutcracker, Song of the Earth and La Sylphide in which he danced the role of Gurn. 
 
Daniel McCormick
Having trained with Ballet San Jose School, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet School, McCormick danced with Houston Ballet before joining English National Ballet in 2017 as an Artist of the Company. While with the company, he has danced in productions including Song of the Earth, La Sylphide and Nutcracker in which he danced the Spanish divertissement.    
 
Francesca Velicu
Velicu trained at the Choreography High School Floria Capsali, Bucharest and at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy before dancing with Romanian National Ballet. She was awarded second place at the 2013 Youth America Grand Prix in the Junior Category and was a Gold Medal winner at the 2012 World Ballet Competition. Since joining English National Ballet in 2016 she has been promoted to First Artist in 2017 and has performed as The Chosen One in Pina Bausch’s Le sacre du printemps, as Effy in La Sylphide and as Clara in Nutcracker
 
Connie Vowles
Vowles joined English National Ballet as an Artist of the Company in 2016. Having previously trained at the Royal Ballet School she joined The Royal Ballet on their US tour and Birmingham Royal Ballet on their tour of Swan Lake. Since joining the company, Vowles has danced in Romeo & Juliet; La Sylphide, as a Lead Sylph; and in Nutcracker as Louise/Mirliton and as a Lead Snowflake. In 2017, she performed in Space for Everyone, an original short film made in collaboration with English National Ballet, the V&A, and Boiler Room. 
 
About English National Ballet 
English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.

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Interesting list of dancers, in my opinion two of the ladies on that list gave two of the most outstanding performances I saw in the past year.   Francesca Velicu in the Pina Bausch Rite of Spring,  astonishing maturity from a young dancer and a few months later Precious Adams in Elite Syncopations, bringing the house down in her solo.

 

Of course they will all be judged on their performances on the night but for me personally those two have well and truly emerged.

 

 

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The repertoire has been announced:

 

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English National Ballet 
Emerging Dancer 
London Coliseum
Monday 11 June 2018 
Performance at 7.30pm 
Tickets: £12 - £35
Box office: 020 7845 9300 and www.ballet.org.uk/emerging

 

On Monday 11 June 2018, English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition will be held at the London Coliseum for the first time. 

Through this annual event, English National Ballet recognises the excellence of its artists. Selected by their peers, six of the company's most promising dancers perform in front of an eminent panel of expert judges, before one receives the 2018 Emerging Dancer Award.

The recipients of the People's Choice Award, selected by members of the public, and the Corps de Ballet Award, acknowledging the work on and off-stage of a member of the Corps de Ballet, will also be revealed. 

 

The finalists will perform a pas de deux, followed by a solo. This year will see Precious Adams and Fernando Carratalá Coloma performing Petipa’s Harlequinade pas de deux; Francesca Velicu and Daniel McCormick perform a pas de deux from English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire; and Connie Vowles and Giorgio Garrett perform a pas de deux from Bournonville’s William Tell. 

 

Precious Adams will then perform a new solo choreographed by Mthuthuzeli November, Junior Artist of Ballet Black; Francesca Velicu will perform Toccata, a new work choreographed by Royal Ballet of Flanders Principal and former English National Ballet First Artist, Nancy Osbaldeston; and Connie Vowles will perform a new piece by Royal Ballet Young Choreographer, Charlotte Edmonds.   

 

Fernando Carratalá Coloma will go on to perform new choreography by Victor Ullate Ballet dancer, Mariano Cardano; Giorgio Garrett will perform Fraudulent Smile by choreographer Ross Freddie Ray; and Daniel McCormick will perform a solo fromLeatherwing Bat by American dancer and choreographer Trey McIntyre.  

 

The finalists are being coached for their performances by their peers in the Company. Pedro Lapetra and Junor Souza are working on Le Corsaire with Francesca Velicu and Daniel McCormick; Fernanda Oliveira and Barry Drummond are helping Connie Vowles and Giorgio Garrett prepare for William Tell; and Crystal Costa and Fernando Bufalá are rehearsing Harlequinade with Precious Adams and Fernando Carratalá Coloma. Additional coaching is also being given by Joseph Caley, Maria José Sales and Shevelle Dynott.  

 

Also on the night, last year’s joint Emerging Dancer Award winners, Aitor Arrieta and Rina Kanehara will perform the pas de deux from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty, whilst the winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Award, Georgia Bould, will perform an extract from La Sylphide. 

 

Casting and repertoire is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up-to-date details.

 

For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk Please note performance details are subject to change.

 

Notes to editors: 

The 2018 Emerging Dancer finalists: 

Precious Adams
Trained at the National Ballet School of Canada; Academy Princess Grace Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow, Adams joined English National Ballet following her double prize win at the Prix de Lausanne in 2014. She was promoted to First Artist in 2017 and has danced with the company in works including In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Pina Bausch’s Le sacre du printemps, Song of the Earth, Elite Syncopations at the Royal Opera House as part of ‘Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration’, and most recently William Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016 as part of Voices of America. 

Fernando Carratalá Coloma
Coloma joined English National Ballet in 2017 as an Artist of the Company, having previously danced with Victor Ullate Ballet in Spain. Since joining the company, he has performed the principal roles of Nutcracker, and as the Messenger of Death in Song of the Earth. Most recently, he performed in William Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016 as part of Voices of America. 

Giorgio Garrett
Garrett trained at Palma’s Conservatoire of Music and Dance and at the Royal Ballet School. He joined English National Ballet as an Artist of the Company in 2016 from The National Ballet of Canada. In 2011, Giorgio was awarded the ‘Encouragement and Potential Award’ at Young British Dancer of the Year, followed by the ‘Commendation Award’ in 2012. Giorgio has danced with English National Ballet in works including Akram Khan’s Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Song of the Earth, La Sylphide in which he danced the role of Gurn, and most recently in William Forsythe’s new work for the Company, Playlist (Track 1,2) as part of Voices of America. 

Daniel McCormick
Having trained with Ballet San Jose School, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet School, McCormick danced with Houston Ballet before joining English National Ballet in 2017 as an Artist of the Company. Whilst with the company, he has danced in productions including Song of the Earth; La Sylphide; Nutcracker, in which he danced the Spanish divertissement; and in Voices of America in which he performed in Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings and in William Forsythe’s new work, Playlist (Track 1,2). 

Francesca Velicu
Velicu trained at the Choreography High School Floria Capsali, Bucharest and at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy before dancing with Romanian National Ballet. She was awarded second place at the 2013 Youth America Grand Prix in the Junior Category and was a Gold Medal winner at the 2012 World Ballet Competition. Since joining English National Ballet in 2016 she has been promoted to First Artist in 2017 and has performed roles including Effy in La Sylphide, Clara in Nutcracker, and as The Chosen One in Pina Bausch’s Le sacre du printemps for which she was awarded the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Velicu’s most recent performances were in the Voices of America programme in Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings and Jerome Robbins’ The Cage. 

Connie Vowles
Vowles joined English National Ballet as an Artist of the Company in 2016. Having previously trained at the Royal Ballet School she joined The Royal Ballet on their US tour and Birmingham Royal Ballet on their tour of Swan Lake. Since joining the Company, Vowles has danced in La Sylphide as a Lead Sylph; in Nutcracker as Louise/Mirliton and as a Lead Snowflake; and as the Novice in recent performances of Jerome Robbins’ The Cage as part of Voices of America. In 2017, she performed in Space for Everyone, an original short film made in collaboration with English National Ballet, the V&A, and Boiler Room. 

About English National Ballet 
English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballets Dance for Parkinsons. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Companys repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.

 

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Ooh, the Coliseum.  Can't get much bigger than that!

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Can anyone tell me about the format of the evening? I've got Lohengrin at ROH that day so probably wouldn't be able to get to the Coli before about 8. Judging by previous years, what would I have missed by then?

 

(I promise to make a discreet entrance if I do go!)

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41 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

Can anyone tell me about the format of the evening? I've got Lohengrin at ROH that day so probably wouldn't be able to get to the Coli before about 8. Judging by previous years, what would I have missed by then?

 

(I promise to make a discreet entrance if I do go!)

 

I think you might have the wrong date down for your Lohengrin. Emerging Dancer clashes with Yasmine Nagdhi's second Swan Lake (June 11). Your Lohengrin is, presumably, the day before (June 10)

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English National Ballet 
Emerging Dancer LIVE
London Coliseum
Monday 11 June 2018 
Performance at 7.30pm 
Tickets: £12 - £35
Box office: 020 7845 9300 and www.ballet.org.uk/emerging

 

On Monday 11 June 2018, English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition, hosted by the actor and dancer Will Kemp, will be live streamed from the London Coliseum via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Emerging Dancer LIVE follows the success of last year’s live stream which achieved over 80,000 views worldwide.

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English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer – © Laurent Liotardo – post production by Nik Pate

 

Through this annual event, English National Ballet recognises the excellence of its artists. Selected by their peers, six of the company's most promising dancers perform in front of an eminent panel of expert judges, before one receives the 2018 Emerging Dancer Award.

The recipients of the People's Choice Award, selected by members of the public, and the Corps de Ballet Award, acknowledging the work on and off-stage of a member of the Corps de Ballet, will also be revealed. 

 

Joining Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, on the judging panel this year are former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and former director of the National Ballet of Uruguay, Julio Bocca; principal dancer at The Royal Ballet, Lauren Cuthbertson; former artistic director of Romanian National Ballet and former Royal Ballet principal dancer, Johan Kobborg; and leading multidisciplinary dance artist and director of Kerry Nicholls Dance, Kerry Nicholls. 

 

The finalists will perform a pas de deux, followed by a solo. This year will see Precious Adams and Fernando Carratalá Coloma performing Petipa’s Harlequinade pas de deux; Francesca Velicu and Daniel McCormick perform a pas de deux from English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire; and Connie Vowles and Giorgio Garrett perform a pas de deux from Bournonville’s William Tell. 

 

Precious Adams will then perform A Point of Collapse, a new solo with choreography and music composition by Mthuthuzeli November, Junior Artist of Ballet Black; Francesca Velicu will perform Toccata, a new work choreographed by Royal Ballet of Flanders Principal and former English National Ballet First Artist, Nancy Osbaldeston and set to Paul Constantinescu’s Suite for Piano played by Mihaela Ursuleasa; and Connie Vowles will perform Be all / End all, a new piece by Royal Ballet Young Choreographer, Charlotte Edmonds to music from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.    

 

Fernando Carratalá Coloma will go on to perform The last call, new choreography by Victor Ullate Ballet dancer, Mariano Cardano set to Alexander Balanescu’s Aria; Giorgio Garrett will perform Fraudulent Smile by choreographer Ross Freddie Ray set to Kazimierez recorded by Nigel Kennedy and the Kroke Band; and Daniel McCormick will perform a solo from Leatherwing Bat by American dancer and choreographer Trey McIntyre set to Boa Constrictor and Leatherwing Bat by folk group Peter Paul and Mary.

 

The finalists are being coached for their performances by their peers in the Company. Pedro Lapetra and Junor Souza are working on Le Corsaire with Francesca Velicu and Daniel McCormick; Fernanda Oliveira and Barry Drummond are helping Connie Vowles and Giorgio Garrett prepare for William Tell; and Crystal Costa and Fernando Bufalá are rehearsing Harlequinade with Precious Adams and Fernando Carratalá Coloma. Additional coaching is also being given by Joseph Caley, Maria José Sales and Shevelle Dynott.  

 

Also on the night, last year’s joint Emerging Dancer Award winners, Aitor Arrieta and Rina Kanehara will perform the pas de deux from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty, whilst the winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Award, Georgia Bould, will perform an extract from La Sylphide. 

 

Casting, repertoire, panel and host are subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up-to-date details.

 

For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk

 

Notes to editors: 

The judging panel for Emerging Dancer 2018:

 

Julio Bocca
One of the most outstanding Argentine dancers of all time, Buenos Aires born Bocca trained at the Institute Superior of Art at the Teatro Colón. He danced with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years as well as Ballet of Camera of the Teatro Colón; Teresa Carreño Foundation, Venezuela; Teatro Municipal, Río de Janeiro; and Ballet Estable of the Teatro Colón. His Guest artist appearances with leading companies included English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet and the Paris Opéra. His partners included Alessandra Ferri, Nina Ananiashvili, Tamara Rojo, Viviana Durante, Natalia Makarova amongst many others. His retirement from the stage was held in Buenos Aires in 2007 to an audience of over 300,000 spectators. He has received countless awards including the Benois Prize, the Gold Medal awarded by The Kennedy Center and the title of the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters from the government of France. Appointed International Cultural Representative of the Teatro Colón and directed the National Ballet Sodre of Uruguay, Artistic Director 2010 – 2017. 


Lauren Cuthbertson
English dancer Lauren Cuthbertson is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She studied with The Royal Ballet School as a junior associate and at White Lodge and the Upper School, and graduated into the Company in 2002. She was promoted to Soloist in 2003, First Soloist in 2006 and Principal in 2008, becoming the youngest female Principal in the Company.

Cuthbertson was born in Devon and started dancing at the age of three. Her roles with the Company have included Juliet, Manon, Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle and Odette/Odile (Swan Lake). Christopher Wheeldon created the title role of his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Cuthbertson, describing her ‘unique ability to make her dramatic persona on stage natural, honest, fresh and to the point’. Cuthbertson’s other role creations include Hermione (Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale) and in Wayne McGregor’s Tetractys. In 2007 Cuthbertson won an Arts and Culture Women of the Future Award. Other awards include silver medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006 and the 2004 Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical). Devoted to inspiring the next generation of dancers, she is an active patron of both National Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet.

 

Johan Kobborg
Johan Kobborg was born in Copenhagen 1972 and trained at the Funen Ballet Academy and the Royal Danish Ballet School before enjoying a distinguished career as a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet and as a guest with most major companies around the world. From December 2013 until April 2016 Johan was Artistic Director of the Romanian National Ballet. He has distinguished himself as a choreographer with leading companies including The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Zurich Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet. In 1993 Johan won the gold medal at the Erik Bruhn Competition in Canada. The following year he won the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, U.S.A. and the Grand Prix at the International Nureyev Ballet Competition in Hungary. In 1996 he was nominated for the Benois de la Danse for his role as James in La Sylphide. He has won the Dance Critics Circle award for best male dancer and has received many Danish ballet Grants and Awards. In 2006, he was nominated for two Olivier Awards in London: one for his Royal Ballet production of La Sylphide and another for his performance in Fleming Flindt’s The Lesson.

Kerry Nicholls
Kerry has taught, choreographed, mentored, performed and consulted extensively for numerous dance companies and institutions worldwide. She was appointed Co-Director of Creative Learning for Studio Wayne McGregor in 2007 and was the Artistic Advisor for English National Ballet School in 2008. Currently, Kerry is an external assessor and Contemporary Module Leader for the Degree programme at The Royal Ballet School. She is a regular choreographic mentor and career consultant for the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, One Dance UK, Rambert and Scottish Ballet. Kerry is the Patron of Constella Opera Ballet, a Dance Ambassador for PIPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts) and annual Guest Artist at The Juilliard School. Kerry is director and owner of Kerry Nicholls Dance and embodies the values and spirit of the brand which launched in autumn 2012.

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Having seen many of the finalists dance tonight I would hate to have to choose between them!  

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8 hours ago, Sim said:

Having seen many of the finalists dance tonight I would hate to have to choose between them!  

 

That's partly why I don't like the idea of this competition (though I admit I have occasionally voted in it!). Dancers in the same company shouldn't be pitted against each other in this way, even in a spirit of good nature (which I hope exists).

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I think that ED is seen by many young dancers more in terms of:

  • an accolade because they are nominated by their peers
  • an opportunity to work intensively on a solo piece (often newly created for them)
  • an opportunity to be coached in pas de deux work over several weeks
  • an early chance to dance an iconic pas de deux
  • the  thrill (and test of nerve) of featuring in front of a large, supportive audience

and the amazing experience all this affords them.

 

The People's Choice Award is rather different as anyone can vote for any dancer. And there is now the Corps de Ballet Award which recognises the contribution made by an Artist or First Artist.

 

From ENB's perspective, it is something a bit different which creates a buzz around the Company and its dancers and that can only be for the good, surely.

 

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