Our award-winning collaboration with Cunard: Dance the Atlantic.

English National Ballet’s award-winning partnership with Cunard to Dance the Atlantic took place in August 2019 on board the fleet’s flagship, Queen Mary 2. Our shared goal was to reach new audiences, generate brand awareness and create unforgettable experiences across the globe.

Guests on the seven-night crossing from Southampton to New York had the opportunity to meet six dancers from the company which included Lead Principal Erina Takahashi, First Soloist James Streeter, First Soloist Aitor Arrieta, Soloist Rina Kanehara, Soloist Daniel McCormick and First Artist Francesca Velicu.

Over the course of the week, guests had the unique opportunity to watch the dancers’ morning ballet class and drop-in on afternoon rehearsals. A highlight of the voyage was performing a performance in the ship’s Royal Court Theater, where guests were treated to duets from all-time classic Swan Lake, the poignant contemporary work Dust by Akram Khan, and the stunningly visual Le Corsaire.

In another first, dance workshops ran daily throughout the week at sea, offering a special opportunity for guests to learn directly from English National Ballet associates.

There were also Insights talks, offering a fascinating understanding of the dedication and exhilaration of the dancer’s life, along with dance films and documentaries shown throughout the voyage.

Speaking about the partnership:

Dance in all forms is a passion for our guests and this unique partnership with English National Ballet is a great example of how Cunard wants to provide the very best of the arts on board. This voyage is a celebration of dance and what better lead partner than one of the world’s most revered dance establishments. The epitome of luxury, Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of the Cunard fleet and provides the perfect stage for what promises to be a very special experience.
Angus Struthers, VP Marketing and UK Sales, Cunard
English National Ballet is thrilled to be partnering with Cunard on this exciting voyage. Guests will get to experience the joy of ballet including performances and glimpses of behind-the-scenes. We’re very much looking forward to sharing our art form with the guests on board Queen Mary 2.
Patrick Harrison, Executive Director, English National Ballet.

On land, Cunard continues supporting ENB’s work by sponsoring some of our most critically acclaimed productions such as She Persisted in 2019, the highly anticipated Creature in 2021 and Raymonda in 2022. Learn more about our partnership with Cunard.

For further details about how you can partner with English National Ballet, please contact:

Lisa Ramsell
Development Director