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009 dt september-2015

Inside this month:

Paul Arrowsmith meets ballerina Alessandra Ferri

Graham Watts travels to Bucharest to interview Johan Kobborg

Zoë Anderson previews the UK tour of The Trocks

Dominic Antonucci highlights Birmingham Royal Ballet's emerging male talent

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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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