News: Emerging Dancer Award Winner

Friday 26 February 2010

English National Ballet has announce that Anais Chalendard is the winner of this year’s Emerging Dancer Award. Crystal Costa won The People’s Choice Award.

Following a performance at English National Ballet’s studios on 24 February in front of a panel of judges comprised of Artistic Director, Wayne Eagling, ballet legend Dame Beryl Grey, DBE Prima Ballerina Tamara Rojo, The Sunday Express dance critic and arts feature writer Jeffery Taylor and ballet supporter David Lloyd; Anais Chalendard has been named the winner of the Emerging Dancer award 2010 sponsored by Talbot Hughes McKillop. Anais was presented the coveted award along with a cash prize by Julian Gething, Partner at Talbot Hughes McKillop.

Anais gave a performance of Nikiya’s Death Scene from La Bayadère. On receiving the award she said “I didn’t expect it, it was such a victory for me, I treated it like a show”

Tamara Rojo said of Anais’ performance, “She is a very beautiful dancer, dramatically very talented, and an artist with great potential. She’ll do very well”.

Jeffery Taylor said of Anais, “She has passion which I particularly find irresistible, and complete commitment for the story she is telling. She’s technically fantastic and very brave to perform this in front of the great Bayadère of her generation [Tamara Rojo]”.

Crystal Costa was presented with The People’s Choice Award voted for by English National Ballet’s audiences throughout the autumn and Christmas seasons. Crystal performed to audiences across the UK in the title role in Giselle, and also as Gerda in The Snow Queen.

Wayne Eagling commented_, “To all the dancers congratulations, I’m very proud to be their director. I hope we can continue in the future, the award has created excitement and fun within the Company”._

This is the inaugural year of the Emerging Dancer Award sponsored by Talbot Hughes McKillop. The Emerging Dancer Award is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture the phenomenal talent of its up-and-coming dancers. The Award encourages excellence and potential within the Company.

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