English National Ballet is delighted to announce the six selected finalists for The Emerging Dancer Award 2011, generously supported in its second year by Talbot Hughes McKillop (THM), the restructuring experts.
The Emerging Dancer Award is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture the phenomenal talent of its up-and-coming dancers. The Award encourages excellence and potential within the Company.
Throughout this Summer English National Ballet’s artistic, music, administrative staff and Principal dancers have been voting for their Emerging Dancer and the Company is delighted to announce the following chosen finalists : James Streeter, Max Westwell, Vadim Muntagirov, Laurretta Summerscales, Ksenia Osyanick and Shiori Kase. (see below for information about each of the finalists)
English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award will be announced in February 2011 at an awards ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in the South Bank Centre. The 2011 Awards are open to the public, with tickets going on sale in December.
During the Awards each of the nominees will perform two solos to a panel of judges from the dance world, including English National Ballet’s Artistic Director Wayne Eagling. Following these performances the judging panel will announce the winner of both The Emerging Dancer Award and The People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is voted for by our audiences; voting opened at the beginning of our autumn tour and closes at the end of the Christmas season.
Last year, in the inaugural year of the awards, we saw French dancer Anaïs Chalendard named as the 2010 Emerging Dancer, after a spellbinding performance of La Bayadere in front of judges Wayne Eagling, Tamara Rojo, Dame Beryl Grey DBE, David Lloyd and Jeffery Taylor.
Since winning the award Anaïs has performed solo roles in Cinderella and Swan Lake, and more recently as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet. This Christmas at the London Coliseum she will dance a major Principal role as The Sugar Plum Fairy in Wayne Eagling’s new production of The Nutcracker.
“We are delighted to be associated with English National Ballet and to support this exciting award for the best Emerging Dancer. The standard of dance at the inaugural award performance was quite breathtaking“, said Paul Horn, Managing Partner of Talbot Hughes McKillop.
Shiori Kase – Shiori joined English National Ballet in 2009 and is one of the youngest dancers in the Company. She danced the peasant pas de deux in Giselle in her first season, and has also performed with Vadim at several galas and events, including the National Lottery Awards show, which was shown on the BBC. Shiori was born in Tokyo, and trained at the Hiorose Kato Ballet School, and the Royal Ballet School.
Ksenia Osyanick – this is the second year Ksenia has been nominated for the Emerging Dancer Award. Ksenia is Russian, and joined English National Ballet in 2008. She trained in Belarus, and then at English National Ballet School. She debuted in the title role in Giselle in Autumn 2009, and names this as her career highlight so far.
Laurretta Summerscales – Laurretta came to English National Ballet a year early from English National Ballet School after being spotted by Wayne Eagling. Just after her 19th Birthday in January this year, Laurretta stepped into the role of Myrtha in Giselle, following an injury to another dancer, and performed to a sell out audience at the London Coliseum. Since then she has danced solo roles in Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet.
James Streeter – James is from Rochford and joined English National Ballet in 2004. He has danced many character roles, and is known for his acting ability, as well as his dancing. He took the lead role in Will Tucketts’ The Canterville Ghost in 2006, and has danced Monsieur GM in Manon, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, and Hilarion in Giselle.
Max Westwell – London born dancer Max trained at the Arts Educational School and joined English National Ballet in 2004, and was promoted to First Artist in 2009. He has already danced several major roles with the Company, including Lascaut in Manon, and more recently he debuted as Romeo in Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet.
Vadim Muntagirov – Russian ballet star in the making, Vadim is only 20, but has already danced several of the most challenging roles in ballet, including Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), and Prince Charming (Cinderella). Vadim is currently dancing with Daria Klimentová, and as a partnership they are taking the ballet world by storm. You can see Vadim this Christmas as the Sugar Plum Prince and in January as Romeo.