Emerging Dancer

4 Mar 2013

Performances

Southbank Centre, London

4 Mar 2013

19:30 – 22:30

Generously supported by 

Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.
Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fourth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. Experience the excitement of seeing young talent thrive in the live final as the six Emerging Dancer nominees perform two solos in front of an eminent panel of expert judges.

The 2013 Emerging Dancer Award winner is 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.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow!

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Judges

Darcey Bussell CBE - President of the Royal Academy of Dance and Strictly Come Dancing judge

Tommy Franzén - Runner-up of BBC 1’s So You Think You Can Dance and choreographer of ZooNation’s Some like it HipHop

Luke Jennings - Author and Dance Critic at The Observer

Jude Kelly - Artistic Director of Southbank Centre

Tamara Rojo - Artistic Director English National Ballet

Alison McWhinney

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Guilherme Menezes

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Nancy Osbaldeston

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Ken Saruhashi

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Laurretta Summerscales

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Nathan Young

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Alison McWhinney

When and why did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was four and begged my mum to take me. Seeing the Australian ballet on TV performing Manon inspired me. It ignited such a strong passion in me and I just had to be on stage.

What is your favourite thing about being an English National Ballet dancer?
For me, it’s about the variety of opportunities to dance many great roles because we have so many shows.

What inspires you to dance?
What inspires me most is the constant desire to always improve. There is always something to be worked on and accomplished. It’s such a great feeling once you have achieved what you’ve been striving for and I’m always in search of this feeling.

What's your favourite ballet?
My favourite ballet is Kenneth McMillan’s Manon. The music is so passionate and the choreography is so beautiful.

What part would you love to dance?
I would love to dance the roles of Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Manon (Manon) and Giselle (Giselle) amongst many others! It would be a dream come true.

Have you prepared for the competition?
Exactly the same way I would for any shows. There has been a lot of rehearsals and hard work.

Who will you have in the audience supporting you on the night of the competition?
I will have my boyfriend supporting me, Laurent. He will probably be more nervous than me. I always miss not having my parents in the audience - it feels so special to have them there. 

What would you be doing if you were not dancing?
If I wasn’t dancing I think I would have become a swimmer. When I started dancing I also loved to swim and was quite good. There came a time though when I had to choose between them and happily I chose ballet. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
In 10 years I hope I still enjoy dancing and continuing to have the same passion for it that I do now. Nothing would make me happier!

Ken Saruhashi

When did you start dancing?
I was around 6.

What’s your favourite ballet?
Giselle

What part would you love to dance?
Albrecht in Giselle

What would you be doing if you were not dancing?
To be honest, I really don’t know.

What are your hobbies?
I’m quite into horse racing, listening to music, reading comics and sports.

What is your favourite thing about being an English National Ballet dancer?
There is a lot of talent in the Company and everyone is so nice and supportive. Seeing great technique and passion from the dancers really inspires me to be the best I can be.

Who will you have in the audience supporting you on the night of the competition?
I am really fortunate to have a group of friends coming along to watch.

Laurretta Summerscales

When and why did you start dancing?
I started tap, modern and ballet at my mum’s dancing school (Summerscales Performing Arts) at around the age of 2 ½. At the age of around 5 my mum felt it would be worth me doing extra ballet and I began attending the Susan Robinson School of Ballet. It all started with me watching classes and unbeknown to my mum I sat through a whole set of exams just watching not saying a word. The examiner knew I was there but just left me as I was so enthralled.

What’s your favourite ballet?
There are so many ballets that I like mainly because they all are unique. Particular favourites are Romeo and Juliet for the emotion, Swan Lake for the change in characters and The Sleeping Beauty for the technical challenge.

What part would you love to dance?
Every Principal role! Especially the emotional roles like Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) because of the challenge of trying to make a ballet look so realistic, which is obviously very hard.

Who and what inspires you to dance?
I’m inspired to dance because I love the music of the ballets and I’m fascinated by the challenge of this industry and feeling. Seeing improvement always makes me want to push harder.

What would you be doing if you were not dancing?
I would either try to pursue being in musicals or become a dance teacher. I really enjoy teaching children and seeing them improve as it is very rewarding.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?
I would love to be a Principal with English National Ballet.

What are your hobbies?
When I have the time I like to teach, paint, draw and of course shop!

What is your favourite thing about being an English National Ballet dancer?
English National Ballet is one of the top Companies in the UK with great repertory which comes with lots of opportunities to dance great roles.

Who will you have in the audience supporting you on the night of the competition?
My mum, dad, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend, ex-teachers, pupils from my mums school and those I have taught and friends that have supported my career for years.

Nancy Osbaldeston

When and why did you start dancing?
I was 3 years old and got involved through my nursery school as they had classes every Friday.

What inspires you to dance?
It has to be the music.

How have you prepared for the competition?
I've been rehearsing the steps and listening to the music whilst visualising myself doing them perfectly – time and time again.

What is your favourite thing about being an English National Ballet dancer?
I absolutely love performing with a live orchestra whilst wearing wonderful costumes.

What is your favourite ballet?
There's too much to choose from! I like a bit of everything- old classics and new stuff.

What part would you love to dance?
I would love to dance the role of Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Lise (La fille mal gardée) and then something specifically created on me.

What would you be doing if you were not dancing?
Something else involved in the theatre - probably acting, singing or maybe even designing costumes.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Happily married to Prince Harry!

What are your hobbies?
Shopping for vintage clothes.

How do you like to relax?
Reading and sleeping.

Who will you have in the audience supporting you on the night of the competition?
My family, friends and ex dance teacher.

Guilherme Menezes

When and why did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was 8 years old. I've been a big fan of classical music and at the time I used to take acting classes with my brother. I went to watch a neighbour perform at her ballet school showcase and fell in love with it – particularly because of the connection I felt with the music and stage.

What's your favourite ballet?
McMillan's Manon and Skeaping's Giselle.

What part would you love to dance?
Des Grieux in Manon and Prince Albretch in Giselle.

What would you be doing if you were not dancing?
I would probably be playing the Violin or Piano or doing something with photography.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?
I see myself becoming more mature and stronger technically and eventually taking on my dream roles.

What are your hobbies?
I'm a huge fun of cinema and a have a big collection of DVDs at home. I also love dogs!

What is your favourite thing about being an English National Ballet dancer?
There isn't only one favourite thing! I love the atmosphere at the work place, my friends and fellow dancers and the ballet's that we get to perform.

How have you prepared for the competition?
I have been practicing since I decided the ballet’s that I will be performing. I took classes at my old ballet school (English National Ballet School) during the holidays and I will have extra coaching after my work hours with a friend and English National Ballet School teacher.

How do you like to relax?
Nothing like a homemade meal, a nice bath and a good movie for a perfect day off.

Who will you have in the audience supporting you on the night of the competition?
My twin brother, my ex teachers from English National Ballet School and some of my close friends.

Nathan Young

When and why did you start dancing?
It was at the age of 4 and I was going to rehearsals with my sisters so it was natural for me to join in. Once I started, I realised how much I enjoyed it and I’ve never looked back. 

 What’s your favourite ballet?
 Too difficult to say! 

What part would you love to dance?
Romeo in Macmillan's Romeo and Juliet

 What would you be doing if you were not dancing?
 Probably computer game design. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Probably in a different industry. 

 What are your hobbies?
 Swimming, designing and playing video games, watching movies, martial arts and reading. 

What is your favourite thing about being an English National Ballet dancer?
Being part of the company is like being part of a massive family. 

How have you prepared for the competition?
It has been difficult to rehearse as we are preparing for so many different productions at the moment but whenever I can find rehearsal time or studio space - I make the most of it. 

Who will you have in the audience supporting you on the night of the competition?
All of my friends and work colleagues.

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