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Royal Ballet promotions

Posted on June 29, 2015

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hayward-month-in-the-country-roh-tristram-kentonThe Royal Ballet has announced promotions, joiners and leavers for the 2015–16 season.

Francesca Hayward (pictured) and James Hay have been promoted to first soloists. Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Luca Acri, Nicol Edmonds and Marcelino Sambé become soloists, while Camille Bracher, Mayara Magri, Leticia Stock, Matthew Ball, Sander Blommaert, Tomas Mock and Donald Thom are promoted to first artists.

At the start of the season, Chisato Katsura joins the company from The Royal Ballet School. Grace Blundell and Ashley Scott, both part of the 2014–15 Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme, join the company alongside 2015 Prix de Lausanne dancer David Yudes. All join as artists. Next season’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers will be Isabel Lubach, Julia Roscoe, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Harry Churches and Leo Dixon, all from The Royal Ballet School. Julian MacKay joins the company as Prix de Lausanne Dancer for the 2016–16 season.

First soloist Deirdre Chapman retired from the company in November 2014. First artists Pietra Mello-Pittman and Ludovic Ondiviela also left mid-season. First artists Jacqueline Clark, Elsa Godard, Michael Stojko and Andrej Uspenski leave at the end of this season. Uspenski will be engaged as a photographer for The Royal Ballet and other departments across the Royal Opera House.


Picture: Francesca Hayward in A Month in the Country. Picture: Tristram Kenton, courtesy of the Royal Opera House



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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