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Crystal Costa and 5 Voices (Adela Ramirez, Angela Wood, James Forbat, Francisco Bosch and Henry Dowden) in Stina Quagebeur's Nora. © Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – She Persisted: Broken Wings, Nora, Le Sacre du printemps – London

★★★★✰   Grouping this diverse triple bill under the title She Persisted works in so many ways…

Tamara Rojo and Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, La Sylphide – London

★★★★✰   One great privilege of Rojo being both director and dancer must be the opportunity to choose her own partners and this year’s returning guest is Ivan Vasiliev…

Thiago Soares and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Judas Tree.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

MacMillan Celebrations – The Judas Tree (RB), The Song of the Earth (ENB) – London

★★★★✰   The second programme commemorating the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death revealed his very different responses to music, and to human nature.

Alina Cojocaru and Cesar Corrales in Nutcracker.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

★★★✰✰   For all the recent innovations that Tamara Rojo has brought to the English National Ballet, including three stunning full-evening programmes of her own devising, the Nutcracker is still the heart of every season…

Tamara Rojo, Osiel Gouneo and Cesar Corrales in Le Corsaire.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

Audiences everywhere should be impressed by the consistently high standard of the company’s dancing. ENB is proof that artists from many different countries, backgrounds and training can be formed into a cohesive ensemble.

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet has been dancing this ever-popular Russian classic in various guises each holiday season for the past 50 years, delighting audiences and inspiring youngsters…

Alison McWhinney in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Tamara Rojo.© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)Taken from: What Lies Beneath - portraits of dancers by Rick GuestAvailble at: rg-books.com

“What Lies Beneath” – A book of dancers portraits by Rick Guest

“I wanted to make a series of portraits of the dancers themselves, as opposed to dancers dancing, to show the character that underpins their performance, to see the determination and sacrifice that it…

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English National Ballet announces promotions and new joiners for the 2015/2016 Season

English National Ballet announces promotions and new joiners for the 2015/2016 Season Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, has today announced promotions within the Company and details of new joiners for…

Jinhao Zhang in The Dying Swan.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition 2015

Like ENB at large, the eight finalists for 2015 are a noticeably international bunch, representing Germany, America, Ukraine, Brazil, China and the UK between them.

Snowflakes, led by Alison McWhinney, in Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet Nutcracker London, Coliseum 11 December 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.ballet.org.uk You know that Christmas is really on its way when you see your first Nutcracker. And for…

Alina Cojocaru and Alejandro Virelles in Swan Lake.© ASH. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

Eight paragraphs of praise and I haven’t yet mentioned Alina Cojocaru! My advice to anyone yearning to see the special beauty of ballet is simple: take any chance you can to see Cojocaru dance.

Fernanda Oliveira and Daniel Kraus rehearsing Coppelia.© Laurent Liotardo, courtesy ENB. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Coppelia in the studio

Some pictures of Coppelia coming together in the main English National Ballet studio, taken by ENB dancer, and well known photographer, Laurent Liotardo…

Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza in the pas de deux from Esmeralda.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition – 2014 Winners Announced

“Super – absolutely spot on” I thought when Tamara Rojo announced Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza as joint winners of the company’s Emerging Dancer Competition.

Madison Keesler in Liam Scarlett's Variations on a Theme.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet, Emerging Dancer Competition 2014

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Alina Cojocaru and Vadim Muntagirov in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire (premiere) – Milton Keynes

A first night of superlatives and Tamara Rojo’s done the country (not just London) a terrific service in her first full-evening commission. You’d be daft to miss Le Corsaire as it tours the UK. Bravo all.

Alison McWhinney as an Odalisque in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Le Corsaire

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

English National Ballet in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Derek Deane created a winner that always seems to sell well and which people, including me, don’t grow tired of. But fill your boots this year – next year “Romeo and Juliet” returns as the ENB/RAH blockbuster

Nancy Osbaldeston, Tamara Rojo and Laurretta Summerscales.© Patrick Baldwin. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet Announces Winner of The Emerging Dancer Competition 2013

English National Ballet is pleased to announce Nancy Osbaldeston as winner of the Emerging Dancer Competition 2013. Laurretta Summerscales won the People’s Choice Award. Both dancers are former pupils of English National Ballet School.

Nancy Osbaldeston, Winner of the 2013 English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition. Nacy danced a solo from John Neumeier's Bach Suite No. 2© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition

36 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

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