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.
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.”
See a few of the audience comments on Daniel’s performance:
Terrific #ENBemerging dancer competition tonight. Loved @nancypoop's contemporary piece Toccata for @frenchtoast1658 (loved @frenchtoast1658 ) but Daniel McCormick was a very clear winner. Turning faster than Steven McRae, he'll break hearts and stun audiences!
— Lee McLernon (@bangorballetboy) June 11, 2018
Brilliant dancing tonight at #ENBEmerging – all six finalists did fantastically well and the choices of choreography were strong. But Daniel McCormick was just excellent. The Corsaire pas de deux is a high bar and he did extremely well. His modern piece was also superb. 👌
— Henry Newman (@HenryNewman) June 11, 2018
Just saw Daniel McCormick win the ENB emerging dancer 2018 title at the Coliseum. He danced Ali in the pas de deux from Act 2 of Corsaire. I’ve seen many Corsaires, but I’ve never seen that part danced so well. Brilliant. #ENBEmerging
— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) June 11, 2018
I absolutely love @ENBallet's #EmergingDancer awards, and love most of all that it is broadcast live online! I said if Daniel McCormick didn't win I would eat my laptop. Luckily I did not have to do that. Congratulations all! #ENBEmerging
— Molly Fred (@hoveringlife) June 11, 2018
Update: my favourite won! That Corsaire solo. Wow. Congrats Daniel McCormick. All the finalists were excellent but Precious Adams is clearly going to be one to watch too. #ENBEmerging https://t.co/SfZTJVXEGN
— Verity Wilde (@WildeV) June 11, 2018
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 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:
— Hannah Bateman (@hannah14bateman) June 11, 2018
Francesca Velicu’s speed and beauty has almost crashed my stream, wonderful #ENBEmerging
— Abigail H (@AbsHSE22) June 11, 2018
— Charlotte (@Flower_girl_36) June 11, 2018
Bravo to all the talented finalists at the #ENBEmerging tonight. Each one strong and unforgettable in different ways!
— Marina Sofia (@MarinaSofia8) June 11, 2018
Bravo Fernando!!!!!!!!!!Ana Noya (on Facebook)
Well done Giorgio fantastic!Lynda Shaw (on Facebook)
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.