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Sadler's Wells, London
Celebrating the talent of tomorrow’s stars

This special event recognises the excellence and dedication of our dancers at every rank in the Company, showcasing their technical accomplishments, artistry, and unique interpretations of repertoire classics and new choreography.

Every year, six of our most promising dancers are selected by their peers to take on the challenge of performing mixed repertoire for of a panel of judges, after which the Emerging Dancer Award is presented. Please join us in congratulating our six finalists for Emerging Dancer 2024: Anna Ciriano, Breanna Foad, Shunhei Fuchiyama, Jose María Lorca Menchón, Thiago Pereira, and Anna-Babette Winkler! You can learn more about each of these talented artists on our blog.

This inspiring event is not only a hugely entertaining evening of world-class dance, but a chance to get to know our dancers better, and to see how far their hard work and dedication has taken them.

The occasion also includes the presentation of the People’s Choice Award, a public vote decided by our own audience members throughout the season, and the Corps de Ballet Award, given by the Artistic team to an Artist of the Company who has gone above and beyond, both on stage and off.

Emerging Dancer is a true celebration of talent development, creativity, community, and artistic growth.

Watch the full performance for free

Click here to download the digital programme for Emerging Dancer 2024.

English National Ballet are unique in celebrating their dancers with a very public event… very prestigious and special.

Emerging Dancer supported by CHANEL
The People’s Choice Award is supported by Alexis and Frances Prenn
The Corps de Ballet Award is supported by Sue and Graeme Sloan

Main image: Chloe Keneally and Eric Snyder dancing The Sleeping Beauty in Emerging Dancer 2022 © Laurent Liotardo 


Anna-Babette Winkler and Jose María Lorca Menchón will perform an excerpt from La Bayadère (Gamzatti and Solor) and the final duet from Akram Khan’s Dust. They will work with Repetiteur Mavin Khoo and be mentored by Lead Principal Erina Takahashi and First Soloists James Streeter and Junor Souza.

Breanna Foad and Thiago Pereira will dance a pas de deux from Satanella, and will perform a new contemporary work by Choreographer Ching-Ying Chien. They will be mentored by Lead Principals Fernanda Oliveira and Francesco Gabriele Frola, and First Soloist Daniel McCormick.

Anna Ciriano and Shunhei Fuchiyama will present a pas de deux from Don Quixote, and will be mentored by Lead Principal Shiori Kase, First Soloist Ken Saruhashi, and Artists Lucinda Strachan and Ashley Coupal. English National Ballet dancers Rentaro Nakaaki and Fabian Reimair will create the choreography and music respectively for a new contemporary work.

There will also be a special performance from 2022’s Emerging Dancer winner Eric Snyder and People’s Choice winner Precious Adams in a pas de deux from Delibes Suite by José Carlos Martínez.


Emerging Dancer 2024 will be hosted by English National Ballet’s Artistic Director, Aaron S. Watkin.

This year’s esteemed judging panel comprises:

  • Amanda Britton MA, Dancer with Rambert (1984 – 1993), Chief Executive, Principal and Artistic Director of Rambert School
  • Isabela Coracy, Dancer with Ballet Black, and winner of the 2024 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
  • Monica Zamora, Dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet (1991 – 2003), Teacher
  • Edward Watson MBE, Dancer with the Royal Ballet (1994 – 2020), Repetiteur

Meet the principal cast

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