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Press Release: English National Ballet - Emerging Dancer Competition, 19th May 2014

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English National Ballet is pleased to announce the Emerging Dancer Competition 2014 will be hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky, with tickets now on sale. The Competition, generously supported in its fifth year by Talbot Hughes McKillop (THM), will be held on Monday 19 May 2014, at the Lyceum Theatre. 


The judging panellists for this year will include renowned dance industry figures including: 


  • Deborah Bull CBE 
  • Clement Crisp OBE  
  • Dame Gillian Lynne DBE  
  • Arlene Phillips CBE 
  • Tamara Rojo 
  • Wayne Sleep OBE 


Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director English National Ballet said: "We are delighted to welcome on board Natasha Kaplinsky and the new judges for the Emerging Dancer Competition 2014. I am thrilled to be joined by such an elite group of talented individuals, who between them cover such a broad range of dance expertise." 


The Emerging Dancer Competition is an annual opportunity for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture the phenomenal talent of its up-and-coming dancers and the Company recently announced the following chosen finalists for the Emerging Dancer Award: 

  • Madison Keesler 
  • Senri Kou 
  • Alison McWhinney 
  • Vitor Menezes* 
  • Junor Souza  
  • Joan Sebastian Zamora 

The competition encourages excellence and potential within the Company and throughout the Summer English National Ballet’s artistic, music, administrative staff and Principal dancers have been voting for their favourite Emerging Dancer. The Competition, artistically directed by Associate Artist George Williamson, will see one dancer crowned as Emerging Dancer 2014 and will be announced at the end of the evening together with the recipient of The People's Choice Award, which is voted for by members of the public. 


Last year’s (2013) Emerging Dancer Award was won by young dancer Nancy Osbaldeston who received rave reviews for her performance in Petrushka. As well as the accolade of the title, the Emerging Dancer winner receives £2,500, the People's Choice Award winner receives £1,000 and all nominees receive £500 each. 


At a time when the Arts Council is reducing its funding, Talbot Hughes McKillop's sponsorship of the award is a practical demonstration of its belief that business has a clear responsibility to engage constructively in providing support to the arts. 


Paul Horn, Managing Partner, Talbot Hughes McKillop commented: “Talbot Hughes McKillop are proud to be invited to continue as sponsors of the Emerging Dancer Award 2014. Talbot Hughes McKillop and English National Ballet share a mutual commitment to delivering outstanding quality at the highest levels of performance and professionalism. Our sponsorship of the Emerging Dancer Award since 2010 has successfully enhanced the profile of the nominees, allowing individuals to flourish and start to achieve their potential.” 


*replaces Ken Saruhashi due to injury. 


For further information about English National Ballet 2013/14 Performance Schedule visit www.ballet.org.uk 


You can find English National Ballet on Facebook and Twitter @ENBallet 



Notes to Editors

The Emerging Dancer Competition is an annual event for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture the phenomenal talent of its up-and-coming dancers. The Award encourages excellence and potential within the Company. Throughout the Autumn English National Ballet’s Principal dancers and artistic, music and administrative staff vote for their Emerging Dancer and the Company’s brightest talents are shortlisted to compete in a thrilling live final in May 2014.  


Talbot Hughes McKillop (THM)   The Emerging Dancer and People’s Choice Awards are generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts. Talbot Hughes McKillop (THM) provides experienced leadership to corporates, creditors and shareholders in distressed and other event-driven special situations. The firm provides hands-on, practical support, typically using small, partner led teams to deal with both the financial and operational aspects of a restructuring situation. The role may involve partners from THM taking executive roles (for example as Chief Restructuring Officer) and/or other Board of Director appointments. Founded in 2001, THM has handled some of the highest profile pan- European restructuring projects. THM believes that the arts have a critical role to play in enriching the life of communities throughout the country, as well as in fostering emerging young talent. Business has a clear responsibility to engage constructively with arts organizations in providing finance and other forms of help and support. This is even more critical at a time when the state has had to reduce its financial support for the arts, creating a funding gap that needs to be bridged. For more details, please see the THM website www.thmpartners.com 


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