News: Laurretta Summerscales promoted to Principal of English National Ballet

Wednesday 3 February 2016 by Denise Drake

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, has announced that Laurretta Summerscales has been promoted to Principal of English National Ballet.

Joining Laurretta on stage after her performance as Medora in Le Corsaire at the London Coliseum, Tamara Rojo announced the promotion in front of the audience and Company.

Of Laurretta Summerscales, Tamara Rojo said; “Laurretta is such a special dancer, her classical technique, her musicality, and her emotional, theatrical instinct, make her a stage animal! And I have no doubt that she will be a Principal dancer with an international reputation”.

Upon graduation from English National Ballet School, Laurretta joined the Company in 2009, and was promoted to First Soloist in 2013. During her time with English National Ballet she has performed in a number of Principal roles including Swanilda in Coppélia, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, Clara in Nutcracker, and Medora in Le Corsaire.

Laurretta has won the Joyce Percy Memorial Award, Stella Mann Award, Baines-Hewitt Award, Young Dancer of the Year 2007-2009 and Molly Lake Award. In 2013 she won Gold Medal at the Bejing International Ballet Competition. She was a finalist in the 2011 and 2013 Emerging Dancer competition, English National Ballet’s initiative for young talent within the company, and has won the People’s Choice Award at Emerging Dancer in 2013 and 2015. In 2015 Laurretta became Brand Ambassador for Backes & Strauss.

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