Image: Daneil McCormick accepting the 2018 Emerging Dancer Award © Laurent Liotardo.

Last night, we were pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Emerging Dancer Award is Daniel McCormick.

Having performed a classical pas de deux from Le Corsaire with partner and fellow finalist Francesca Velicu, and Leatherwing Bat, a contemporary solo by Trey McIntyre, Daniel was announced as the winner on stage at the London Coliseum by our Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo. The thrilling evening of dance was livestreamed to audiences across the world last night.

Francesca Velicu and Daniel McCormick performing Le Corsaire pas de deux for Emerging Dancer 2018 © Laurent Liotardo.

On winning, Daniel McCormick said:

“Winning this award was completely unexpected, my colleagues on stage with me tonight are so immensely talented. It’s a dream to perform on the stage of the London Coliseum – a place with such history and beauty – and it’s an honour to come to London and perform for this fantastic audience. I’m now ready to work harder than ever to prove why I won this prize.”

Daniel McCormick performing Le Corsaire pas de deux for Emerging Dancer 2018 © Laurent Liotardo.

See a few of the audience comments on Daniel’s performance:


Daniel McCormick performing Trey McIntyre's Leatherwing Bat for Emerging Dancer 2018 © Laurent Liotardo.

The evening also saw Georgia Bould named as the recipient of the Corps de Ballet Award, acknowledging her exceptional work over the last year, while Alice Bellini was awarded the People’s Choice Award, as voted for by members of the public.

2018 winners: Alice Bellini (People's Choice Award), Daniel McCormick (Emerging Dancer Award) and Georgia Bould (Corps de Ballet Award) © Laurent Liotardo.

Daniel McCormick was selected as this year’s winner by a respected panel of judges: joining our Artistic Director Tamara Rojo was Julio Bocca, Lauren Cuthbertson, Johan Kobborg and Kerry Nicholls. On the decision, Tamara Rojo said:

“It’s wonderful to have Emerging Dancer as a platform to celebrate the talent of English National Ballet’s young dancers. The standard we saw on stage tonight has been extraordinary. It was incredibly hard to pick a winner but the judges felt that Daniel had that little bit extra. He’s special, he has a hunger to continue to learn, an openness to all the different styles English National Ballet has, and such courage as a young dancer to put himself out there.”

The 2018 Emerging Dancer finalists, winners and judges © Laurent Liotardo.

The other finalists this year were Precious Adams, Fernando Carratalá Coloma, Francesca Velicu, Connie Vowles and Giorgio Garrett, who all gave outstanding performances too. Congratulations to them all for their hard work and talent!

Audiences were cheering them all on:

Bravo Fernando!!!!!!!!!!
Ana Noya (on Facebook)
Well done Giorgio fantastic!
Lynda Shaw (on Facebook)

Take a look at some of the production images below:

Emerging Dancer 2018

The evening also saw last year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award, Georgia Bould, perform extracts from La Sylphide, while the joint winners of Emerging Dancer 2017, Aitor Arrieta and Rina Kanehara, performed the Act III pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty.

You can still view Emerging Dancer live stream on catch-up today (until approximately 10pm BST). English National Ballet continue performances of The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum this week until 16 June – book your tickets.