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English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award

Posted on March 1, 2011

Shiori Kase has won this year’s Emerging Dancer Award. Now in its second year, the award is an annual competition for English National Ballet to nurture its up-and-coming dancers. It is sponsored by restructuring experts Talbot Hughes McKillop.


The judges for the award were ENB’s artistic director Wayne Eagling, Dame Beryl Grey, Carlos Acosta, artistic director of Southbank Centre Jude Kelly and Sunday Express dance editor Jeffery Taylor. The nominees danced two solos each at a performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on February 28. Kase, who also received a cash prize, said, “I just enjoyed dancing and it was enough to feel the performance went well, but to win was really, really special.”

At the Awards evening, ENB’s Anton Lukovkin was presented with the People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by members of the public across the UK.

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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