Image: Cesar Corrales in Diana and Acteon, Emerging Dancer 2016 © Laurent Liotardo

We’re thrilled to announce that for the second year running, our annual Emerging Dancer competition will be live streamed from Sadler’s Wells on Thursday 25 May 2017.

World-renowned director and choreographer, and former judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Arlene Phillips CBE, will host the event, which sees six of our most promising dancers compete for the 2017 Emerging Dancer Award.

As well as being able to watch the full programme of performances, audiences will also get further insight into the competition, with interviews from some of the artists involved. This follows last year’s live stream which received over 10,000 views worldwide.

Jennie Harrington in Swan Lake in-the-round © Laurent Liotardo
Last year's Corps de Ballet Award winner, Jennie Harrington, performing in Swan Lake in-the-round. © Laurent Liotardo

Also revealed on the night will be the recipients of the People’s Choice Award as 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. The inaugural Corps de Ballet Award was presented last year to Artist of the Company, Jennie Harrington, recognising her exceptional commitment over the previous season.

Cesar Corrales in Diana and Acteon - Emerging Dancer 2016 (C) Laurent Liotardo (2)
Cesar Corrales, winner of Emerging Dancer and the People's Choir Award in 2016 © Laurent Liotardo

The finalists will each perform a pas de deux, followed by a solo in front of an eminent panel of judges: our Artistic Director Tamara Rojo CBE, and Laura Connor, Dmitri Gruzdyev, Marguerite Porter MBE, Alfreda Thorogood and Graham Watts OBE. See the full repertoire here.

Last year’s winner of both the Emerging Dancer Award and the People’s Choice Award, Cesar Corrales, will perform a pas de deux from Don Quixote with Katja Khaniukova.

Tune in to the live stream from 7.25pm BST this Thursday 25 May via our Facebook page and website.