News: English National Ballet Emerging Dancer 2013

Tuesday 5 March 2013 by Carmel Smith

Nancy Osbaldeston (left) and  Laurretta Summerscales (right) with Tamara Rojo (centre) Photo: Patrick Baldwin

“It’s a real privilege, I’m in shock and very, very happy!” said 23 year old Nancy Osbaldeston, the winner of English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition 2013, held last night (Mon 4 March) at a sold out Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.
The judging panel included dancers Darcey Bussell, Tommy Franzén, critic Luke Jennings, Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director Jude Kelly and ENB’s Artistic Director Tamara Rojo.

Laurretta Summerscales, winner of the People’s Choice Award said: “It doesn’t feel real to be honest I feel overwhelmed. As a dancer you want to prove yourself and it feels like such a relief that people have recognised you and the hard work you have done.”

As well as the accolade of the title, the Emerging Dancer winner receives £2,500; the People’s Choice Award winner receives £1,000 and all nominees receive £500 each. Both winners are former pupils of English National Ballet School.

The Competition is an annual opportunity for the whole company to recognise and nurture the talent of its up-and-coming dancers. Throughout last summer English National Ballet’s artistic, music, administrative staff and Principal dancers have been voting for their favourite Emerging Dancer and the 2013 finalists who competed last night were: Alison McWhinney, Guilherme Menezes, Nancy Osbaldeston, Ken Saruhashi, Laurretta Summerscales and Nathan Young.

Our review here

Photo: Nancy Osbaldeston (left), Laurretta Summerscales (right) with Tamara Rojo (centre), by Patrick Baldwin

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