Image: English National Ballet dancers in front of the Bolshoi Theatre © Photography by ASH.

We finished off another brilliant season with our very first performances at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow earlier this month. We’re now pleased to announce promotions and new joiners for next season.

Promotions

Congratulations to our dancers being promoted within the Company:

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Rina Kanehara and Aitor Arrieta in Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo.
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Katja Khaniukova and Irek Mukhamedov in Broken Wings © Laurent Liotardo.

Stina Quagebeur will become First Artist & Associate Choreographer. Following the premiere of Nora, her first main stage work for our triple bill She Persisted, Stina will now divide her time between performances and work offstage, including choreography and work with young dancers through our Engagement team and English National Ballet School.

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Alison McWhinney, Ken Saruhashi and Rina Kanehara in Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo.
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Julia Conway © Laurent Liotardo

Joining the Company

Chloe Keneally joins as Artist of the Company from English National Ballet School. Keneally was the winner of the ballet category of BBC Young Dancer 2019 and has previously performed with English National Ballet in Nutcracker and My First Ballet: Swan Lake.

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Daniel McCormick as The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty © Laurent Liotardo.
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Erik Woolhouse and English National Ballet in Pina Bausch's Le Sacre du printemps © Laurent Liotardo.

As previously announced, international ballet star, Brooklyn Mack, will perform with English National Ballet as a Guest Artist during the Autumn-Winter 2019/2020 season. Mack last performed with us in 2016, in Le Corsaire.

Breanna Foad will return as Artist of the Company, joining until the end of the London Coliseum season.

Mayumi Ganley joins the Artistic team as Ballet Mistress, alongside new Ballet Masters Laurent Gilbaud and Renato Paroni de Castro, who joined mid-season.

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Emilia Cadorin performing the pas de deux from Coppélia for Emerging Dancer 2019 © Laurent Liotardo.
Stina Quagebeur creating her piece Nora © Ian Gavan
Stina Quagebeur creating her piece Nora © Ian Gavan

Farewell

Principal Begoña Cao leaves English National Ballet to pursue other projects after an impressive 22 years with the Company.

Artist of the Company Shale Wagman left at the end of the season. Artist of the Company Connie Vowles left the Company in January to join Dutch National Ballet.

After 27 years at English National Ballet, Company Pianist Chris Swithinbank leaves at the end of the season to pursue other musical interests. His final time playing for Company Class took place during our tour to Moscow earlier this month at the Bolshoi Theatre’s New Stage.

We wish them all the best for the future!

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Chloe Keneally as Odette in My First Ballet: Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo
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Brooklyn Mack as Conrad in Le Corsaire © Laurent Liotardo

Our 2019/2020 season begins with the return of Akram Khan’s Giselle to Sadler’s Wells in September, followed by a national tour of Cinderella, Le Corsaire and Nutcracker. Book now.

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Chris Swithinbank playing the piano for his last Company Class at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre during our Moscow tour in July 2019 © Photography by ASH.

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