This inspiring annual event celebrates the talent of tomorrow's stars.
Selected by their peers, six of our most promising dancers perform in front of an eminent panel of expert judges, before one receives the 2016 Emerging Dancer Award.
The recipient of the People's Choice Award, selected by members of the public will also be revealed.
The finalists are:
Having trained at English National Ballet School, Isabelle joined English National Ballet in 2014. Since joining the Company she has performed in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire. In 2015 Isabelle was a finalist in Emerging Dancer. She has won the Silver Medal at the 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition, and came second place in Young British Dancer of the Year 2013.
Jeanette joined English National Ballet in 2013, having graduated from San Francisco Ballet School. She has performed as Rosaline in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, and in Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land, part of the Company’s award-winning Lest We Forget programme, and as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire . In 2015 she was an Emerging Dancer finalist.
The youngest dancer in the Company, Rina trained at the Princess Grace Academy, Monaco and joined English National Ballet after winning the Prix de Lausanne 2015. During her short time with the Company, she has performed as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire and as a Lead Snowflake in Nutcracker.
Having joined English National Ballet in 2014, Cesar was promoted to Junior Soloist at the end of the 14/15 season. He has gone on to perform as Mercutio in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, the Nephew in Nutcracker, and as Ali and Birbanto in Le Corsaire.
Daniele joined the Company in 2013 upon graduating from the Royal Ballet Upper School. He has performed in the role of Paris in Romeo & Juliet, Second Breath by Russell Maliphant, and Dust by Akram Khan, both part of the award-winning Lest We Forget programme.
Erik trained at the Royal Ballet Upper School and joined English National Ballet last year and has so far performed in Romeo & Juliet, and in the Russian dance in Nutcracker. In 2014 he won Young British Dancer of the Year.
Previous winners of the Emerging Dancer Award include (2012), who is now Principal of English National Ballet, (2011), and (2014), who have since been promoted to First Soloist, and (2015), recently seen performing in the lead roles of Ali and Lankendem in Le Corsaire at the London Coliseum in January this year.
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The six finalists of Emerging Dancer will perform the following works.
Order to be confirmed. Repertoire subject to change.
Pas de deux
Isabelle Brouwers and Erik Woolhouse – Talisman
Jeanette Kakareka and Daniele Silingardi – Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake
Rina Kanehara and Cesar Corrales – Diana and Acteon
Isabelle Brouwers – new work choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds
Cesar Corrales – Contrabajo para un hombre solo by Maximiliano Guerra
Jeanette Kakareka – solo from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Requiem for a Rose
Rina Kanehara – Black Swan solo from Jean-Christophe Maillot's Swan Lake
Daniele Silingardi – opening from John Neumeier's Spring and Fall
Erik Woolhouse – solo from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Eros Redux
Joining Tamara Rojo on the judging panel are:
Sir Matthew Bourne OBE
Thomas Edur CBE
We would like to thank all our judges for joining us for Emerging Dancer 2016.