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Yonah Acosta wins Emerging Dancer Award 2012:

Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Yonah Acosta was presented with English National Ballet’s 2012 Emerging Dancer Award last night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank. Cuban-born Acosta, Dancing Times’ Dancer of the Month in November 2011, competed against five of his ENB colleagues to take the prize, and appeared in solos from Diana and Actaeon and Don Quixote with dazzling authority and confidence.

Acosta also received The People’s Choice Award for 2012, voted for by members of the public who attended performances by ENB during its autumn and Christmas seasons. His two victories proved immensely popular with audience and colleagues alike: “It’s a bit like Adele,” quipped Wayne Eagling, ENB’s artistic director.

The competition was introduced by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the Balletboyz, and the decision to make the award was taken a jury of distinguished dance experts, including Wayne Eagling, ballet critic Clement Crisp, Arlene Phillips, Southbank Centre’s Wendy Martin, and David Wall.

Also taking part were ENB artists Barry Drummond, Nancy Osbaldeston, Ksenia Ovsyanick, and Jia Zhang, and junior soloist Junor Souza. Whilst the judges deliberated, the audience was treated to a solo performance by Anton Lukovkin, the 2011 People’s Choice Award Winner. Before announcing Acosta as the winner, Eagling said: “I would like everybody to win this prize – they are all fantastic. I’m inspired to see them performing.”

 

Pictured: Yonah Acosta in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc. Photograph by Amber Hunt.

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  • Comment Link solosundance Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:38 posted by solosundance

    Yonah Acosta danced spectacularly, cleanly and with passion (and was faraway the audience favourite)... I found his two choices of dance rather samey though. I'd like to have seen something other than virtuoso from him to give more idea of his range. Personally I liked Ksenia Ovsyanick's dancing the best on the night.

  • Comment Link Colin Francis Wednesday, 07 March 2012 18:01 posted by Colin Francis

    The judges were sweetly slow in making their decision but I guess most of the audience knew the winner could only be Yonah Acosta-- who stole the show--and the cheers, screams and whistles alone were indicative if this!

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