Guide to the English National Ballet

English National Ballet brings world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience – delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, the Company stands for artistic excellence and creativity. We honour the tradition of great classical ballet while embracing change, evolving the art form for future generations and encouraging audiences to deepen their appreciation of it.
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LondonENB: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; English National Ballet

LondonENB: Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

Mahler, Løvenskiold
Sir Kenneth MacMillan; August Bournonville; English National Ballet

LondonENB: Le Jeune Homme et La Mort / La Sylphide

Bach, Løvenskiold
Roland Petit; August Bournonville; English National Ballet

AucklandAkram Khan's Giselle

Adam: Giselle
Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; Akram Khan; English National Ballet
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Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet

ENB performs Nureyev's Romeo ad Juliet, a production preoccupied with death, which lurks in every corner.
***11
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MacMillan celebrations: Gloria, The Judas Tree & Elite Syncopations

A pleasing finale to a remarkable nationwide celebration of a great British choreographer.  
****1
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MacMillan celebrations continue in London

Two complex works of genius, showing different aspects of the suffering of women, bring together The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet to honour Sir Kenneth MacMIllan 
****1
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A MacMillan celebration 1

A fine start to this unique collaboration between the five major ballet companies in the UK to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passing of one of Britain's greatest choreographers 
****1
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Tamara Rojo © Jeff Gilbert
Tamara Rojo
© Jeff Gilbert

Tamara Rojo CBE - Artistic Director

Tamara Rojo was appointed Artistic Director of English National Ballet in 2012. She combines this role with her dancing career, performing as Lead Principal with the Company.

Trained in Madrid at the Victor Ullate School.

She won a Gold Medal at the Paris International Dance Competition and a Special Jury Award unanimously given by a judging panel led by Natalia Makarova, Vladimir Vasiliev and Galina Samsova, who asked her to join Scottish Ballet.

Within six months of joining English National Ballet, Tamara was promoted to Principal, and went on to dance the full range of the Company’s principal roles. Derek Deane created the roles of Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Clara (The Nutcracker) for her. Her performances as Clara broke all box office records at the London Coliseum and The Times named her “Dance Revelation of the Year.”

Tamara joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal at the invitation of Sir Anthony Dowell shortly after her highly acclaimed Guest Artist debut with the Company in Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle, and danced there for 12 years.

Tamara has been repeatedly recognised for her artistic excellence. Her awards include: the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production; Spain’s three highest Honours, The Prince of Asturias Award, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts and Encomienda de Número de Isabel la Católica; the Benois de la Danse Award; Critics’ Circle National Dance Award; Barclay’s Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award; Positano Dance Award; Leonide Massine Premio al Valore; the Italian Critic’s Award; and from the City of Madrid, both the International Medal of the Arts and the Interpretation Award.

She is on the Board of One Dance UK, the Anglo-Spanish Society, a Patron of the Ipswich-based DanceEast Academy, Patron of the Flamingo Chicks and Adviser to Spain’s Superior Council of Artistic Studies.

In January 2016 Tamara Rojo became D.A. Magna Cum Laude, presenting her thesis ‘Psychological Profile of the Elite Dancer – Vocational Characteristics of the Professional Dancer’ at Rey Juan Carlos University, and was awarded a CBE for her services to ballet in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours.