Ivan Vasiliev is to dance in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 7.
Dancer and choreographer Eleesha Drennan has won one of this year’s Sky Academy Arts Scholarships, created in partnership with IdeasTap. She will receive £30,000 and mentoring from relevant business and industry figures from Sky and the arts world. Drennan will use the funding to create a new work called Channel Rose, about “retaining our humanity in the digital age”.
English National Ballet has announced the finalists for this year’s Emerging Dancer Competition. Now in its fifth year, the competition is an annual opportunity for the company to recognise the talent of its up-and-coming dancers.
Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund (RBBF) have announced a new initiative that will increase support for the retraining of independent dancers in the UK. From January 2014, additional funds will provide new RBBF bursaries in order to help overcome financial barriers to retraining. This is the latest development in a long-standing relationship between the two organisations.
Winners have been announced for the second annual Theatre Critics of Wales Awards, held in Cardiff on January 25. The awards cover theatre, opera and dance productions that have been staged, created and presented in Wales.
Vadim Muntagirov is leaving English National Ballet to join The Royal Ballet. Muntagirov trained at The Royal Ballet School but joined English National Ballet, where he was promoted very early, and developed an outstanding partnership with ballerina Daria Klimentová. Recently, two Royal Ballet ballerinas had joined ENB: Tamara Rojo, now artistic director of ENB, and Alina Cojocaru.
The winners of the 14th Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (NDA), held on Monday, January 27 at The Place in London, described everything from the joy of dance to the need to pretty much kill yourself in performance. Decided by the Dance Section of the Critics' Circle, the awards recognise performances given between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. The nominations were announced on November 8, 2013.