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Birmingham Royal Ballet promotions

Posted on June 29, 2015

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brb-celine-gittens-tyrone-singleton-photo-roy-smiljanicAs the 2014-15 season ends, Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced promotions and dancers joining or leaving the company.

Mathias Dingman has been promoted from first soloist to principal, while soloist Céline Gittens (pictured with Tyrone Singleton) becomes first soloist. Yvette Knight is promoted from first artist to soloist. Karla Doorbar, Miki Mizutani and Lewis Turner are all promoted from artist to first artist.

Letícia Dias Domingues, Rachele Pizzillo and Brooke Ray join the company from The Royal Ballet School. Beatrice Parma joins from Turkish State Opera and Ballet. All four dancers start as artists of the company. Miko Fogarty, a graduate of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory, joins as artist on a one-year contract, while Mitsuru Ito joins as artist on a one-year scholarship as a Prix de Lausanne winner.

Five dancers have left the company. Principal Natasha Oughtred, who recently became a mother, has chosen to retire from ballet after eight years with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Benjamin Soerel leaves after six years, returning to the Netherlands to study physiotherapy. Lorena Agramonte leaves after one year with the company. Earlier this season, Laetitia Lo Sardo left after 17 years. She is now teaching ballet and enjoying life as a mum. Sofia Rubio Robles, who left the company earlier this season, has returned to Gran Canaria.


Picture: Tyrone Singleton and Céline Gittens in Swan Lake. Photograph: Roy Smiljanic




Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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