National Ballet of Canada | Winners of RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Awards Announced

October 3, 2012

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National Ballet of Canada | Winners of RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Awards Announced


Larissa Khotchenkova and Francesco Gabriele Frola

ballet canadaOctober 3, 2012… The National Ballet of Canada today announced that Corps de Ballet members Larissa Khotchenkova and Francesco Gabriele Frola are the recipients of the inaugural RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award for their performances in the 2011/12 season as Apprentices. The awards were presented at the 2012/13 season opening party in Toronto last night and each received a gift prize of $1,000.

The new prize recognizes one male and female Apprentice for their outstanding professional development, consistently exceptional performances and significant artistic growth. The winners were selected by a jury consisting of members of the National Ballet’s artistic staff.

Ms. Khotchenkova was born in Moscow, Russia and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She became a YOU dance Apprentice in 2011 and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2012. While a student, she was the recipient of the Peter Dwyer Award,  the Christopher Ondaatje Prize and the Hnatyshyn Foundation scholarship for classical dance.

Born in Aosta, Italy, Mr. Frola trained at the Professione Danza Parma and the School of The Hamburg Ballet in Germany before becoming a YOU dance Apprentice in 2010. He joined the company in 2012. Mr. Frola won the 2012 Silver Medal at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Best Male prize at the Grand Prix Pavlova in 2003 and 2006 and the Bronze Medal in the International Ballet Competition in Cuba in 2010.

The RBC Apprentice Programme is sponsored by The RBC Foundation.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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