News: ENB's Emerging Dancer winners

Tuesday 20 May 2014 by Carmel Smith

Junor Souza & Alison McWhinney - winners of English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer competition. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

For the first time in the five years that English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition has been running, the judges awarded the prize to two dancers.

Alison McWhinney (Artist of the Company) and Junor Souza (Junior Soloist) shone in the pas de deux from Esmeralda they danced together – as well as in their solos (Alison in an excerpt from David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin and Junor in Last Minute made by company dancer James Streeter). They were competing against Madison Keesler, Senri Kou, Vitor Menezes and Joan Sebastian Zamora – all winners as Artistic Director Tamara Rojo pointed out, in having been selected to take part.

The competition took place at the Lyceum Theatre and was hosted by BBC presenter Natasha Kaplinsky (winner of the first Strictly Come Dancing series and an English National Ballet board member). The judges were Deborah Bull, Clement Crisp, Dame Gillian Lynne, Arlene Phillips, Tamara Rojo and Wayne Sleep.

Junor Souza also won the People’s Choice award – voted for by ENB’s UK audiences between October 2013 and April 2014.

Graham Watts’ full review

Photo: Junor Souza & Alison McWhinney – winners of English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition by Arnaud Stephenson

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