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English National Ballet Emerging Dancer 2016

Posted on February 11, 2016


English National Ballet (ENB) has announced the nominations for its seventh Emerging Dancer competition, which will be held at the London Palladium on May 17.

Six finalists will compete for an audience and a panel of 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. Previous winners include Yonah Acosta, Shiori Kase, Junor Souza and Jinhao Zhang, who all now dance leading roles with the company.

The 2016 finalists are:

Isabelle Brouwers, who trained at English National Ballet School and joined the company in 2014. She came second place in Young British Dancer of the Year 2013, won a silver medal at the 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition. She was a finalist in the 2015 Emerging Dancer competition, and the Dancing Times Dancer of the Month for December 2015.

Jeanette Kakareka trained at San Francisco Ballet School and joined ENB in 2013. She was a finalist in the 2015 Emerging Dancer competition.

Rina Kanehara, the youngest dancer in the company, trained at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco and joined ENB after winning the Prix de Lausanne in 2015.

Cesar Corrales joined ENB in 2014, and was promoted to junior soloist at the end of the 2014-15 season. He has performed leading roles, including Ali in Le Corsaire (reviewed in the February 2016 issue of Dancing Times) and was nominated for the emerging artist award at the 2015 National Dance Awards.

Daniele Silingardi joined ENB in 2013, after graduating from The Royal Ballet Upper School.

Erik Woolhouse trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and joined English National Ballet in 2015. In 2014, he won Young British Dancer of the Year.

For tickets and more information, visit the English National Ballet website.

Picture: Jinhao Xhang, winner of the 2015 Emerging Dancer award. Photography by ASH



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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