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ENB’s emerging dancers

Posted on January 23, 2018

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English National Ballet (ENB) has announced the finalists for its 2018 Emerging Dancer competition, which will be held at the London Coliseum on June 11, 2018.

This annual event recognises the company’s up-and-coming talent. Selected by their peers, six of ENB’s most promising dancers perform in front of a panel of expert judges, who will chose the winner. On the same night, the company announce the recipients of the people’s choice award, voted for by members of the public, and the corps de ballet award, acknowledging the on and offstage work of a member of the corps de ballet.

Last year’s joint winners, Aitor Arrietta and Rina Kanehara, have gone on to perform principal roles in The Nutcracker, Akram Khan’s Giselle, La Sylphide and Song of the Earth.


The 2018 finalists are:

Precious Adams in Elite Syncopations. Photograph by Bill Cooper (c) Royal Opera House 2017

Precious Adams trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, the Academy Princess Grace of Monte Carlo and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Adams joined ENB following her double prize win at the Prix de Lausanne in 2014. Her repertoire includes William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printemps. She danced a solo in Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations as part of Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration at the Royal Opera House, London.


Fernando Carratalá Coloma
joined ENB in 2017, having previously danced with Victor Ullate Ballet in Spain. He has performed the principal role of The Nutcracker and as the Messenger of Death in Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth.


Giorgio Garrett as Gurn in La Sylphide. Photograph: Laurent Leotard

Giorgio Garrett trained at Palma’s Conservatoire of Music and Dance and at The Royal Ballet School. He joined English National Ballet in 2016, after dancing with the National Ballet of Canada. In 2011, he won the “Encouragement and Potential” award at Young British Dancer of the Year, followed by a commendation in 2012. With English National Ballet, he has danced Gurn in La Sylphide, and roles in Akram Khan’s Giselle, Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet and Song of the Earth.


Daniel McCormack trained with Ballet San Jose School, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet School, dancing with Houston Ballet before joining ENB in 2017. With the company, he has danced the Spanish divertissement in The Nutcracker and roles in Song of the Earth and La Sylphide.


Francesca Velicu in Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printemps. Photograph: Laurent Leotard

Francesca Velicu trained at the Choreography High School Floria Capsali in Bucharest and at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy before joining Romanian National Ballet. She was awarded second place in the junior category of the 2013 Youth America Grand Prix and a gold medal at the 2012 World Ballet Competition. She joined ENB in 2016, where her roles have included the Chosen One in Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre de printemps, Effy in La Sylphide and Clara in The Nutcracker.


Connie Vowles trained at The Royal Ballet School and performed withThe Royal Ballet for a US tour. She joined ENB in 2016. Her roles include a lead sylph in La Sylphide and Louise/Mirliton in The Nutcracker.


For tickets and more information about the Emerging Dancer award performance, visit English National Ballet.

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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