News: English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition

Wednesday 17 February 2016 by Denise Drake

Entering its seventh consecutive year English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition will be held this year for the first time at the London Palladium on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

Vital to English National Ballet’s commitment to developing and nurturing young talent within the Company, Emerging Dancer sees six finalists perform in front of a panel of eminent judges, with the Emerging Dancer Award announced at the end of the evening. Alongside the recipient of the People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by members of the public.

The 2016 finalists are:

Isabelle Brouwers
Having trained at English National Ballet School, Isabelle joined English National Ballet in 2014. Since joining the Company she has performed in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire. In 2015 Isabelle was a finalist in Emerging Dancer. She has won Silver Medal at the 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition, and came second place in Young British Dancer of the Year 2013.

Jeanette Kakareka
Jeanette joined English National Ballet in 2013, having graduated from* San Francisco Ballet School*. She has performed in Swan Lake, Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, and Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land, part of the Company’s award-winning Lest We Forget programme. In 2015 she was an Emerging Dancer finalist.

Rina Kanehara
The youngest dancer in the Company, Rina trained at the Princess Grace Academy, Monaco and joined English National Ballet after winning the Prix de Lausanne 2015. During her short time with the Company, she has performed as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire and as a Lead Snowflake in Nutcracker.

Cesar Corrales
Having joined English National Ballet in 2014, Cesar was promoted to Junior Soloist at the end of the 14/15 season. He has gone on to perform in the roles of Mercutio in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, the Nephew in Nutcracker, and as Ali and Birbanto in Le Corsaire.

Daniele Silingardi
Daniele joined the Company in 2013 upon graduating from the Royal Ballet Upper School. He has performed in the role of Paris in Romeo & Juliet,* Second Breath* by Russell Maliphant, and Dust by Akram Khan, both part of the award-winning Lest We Forget programme.

Erik Woolhouse
Erik trained at the Royal Ballet Upper School and joined English National Ballet last year and has so far performed in Romeo & Juliet, and in the Russian dance in Nutcracker. In 2014 he won Young British Dancer of the Year.

Previous winners of the Emerging Dancer Award include Yonah Acosta (2012), who is now Principal of English National Ballet, Shiori Kase (2011), and Junor Souza (2014), who have since been promoted to First Soloist, and Jinhao Zhang (2015), recently seen performing in the lead roles of Ali and Lankendem in Le Corsaire at the London Coliseum in January this year.

Video: Jinhao Zhang, winner of Emerging Dancer in 2015

17 May 2016
£10 – £25
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