Laurretta Summerscales Principal

Birthplace
Surrey, UK

Age started dancing
3

English National Ballet
Joined 2009, First Soloist 2013, Principal 2016

Training
Karen Clarke Theatre School (Tracey Summerscales: for 14 years), Susan Robinson School of Ballet (for 11 years), English National Ballet School (2 years)

Favourite role
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake

Career highlight
Being invited to join English National Ballet and dancing the leading role of Myrtha, Queen of the Willis in Giselle at the London Coliseum in January 2010. George Williamson creating the role of Purist in Firebird (2012). Debut as the Lilac Fairy in Kenneth MacMillan's production of The Sleeping Beauty, and in June 2013 appearing at the Royal Albert Hall as Odette/Odile in Derek Deane's Swan Lake in-the-round.

Role would love to dance
Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Other info
Won the Joyce Percy Memorial Award, Stella Mann Award, Baines-Hewitt Award, Young Dancer of the Year 2007-2009 and Molly Lake Award. Finalist (2011) Emerging Dancer Award and was nominated for the 2013 Emerging Dancer Competition, winning the People's Choice Award. In July 2013, Laurretta won the Gold Medal at the Beijing International Ballet Competition, and for the second time won the 2015 People's Choice Award.

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