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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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LondonReunion

English National Ballet
Purcell, Fouras, Shostakovich, Various
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Russell Maliphant; Yuri Possokhov; Stina Quagebeur; Arielle Smith; English National Ballet

LondonSolstice

English National Ballet; English National Ballet Philharmonic
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A quintet of creations in English National Ballet's digital season

The choreographers selected ranged from the highly experienced (Yuri Possokhov, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant), and ENB’s Associate Choreographer (Stina Quagebeur) to a relative newcomer, 24-year-old Arielle Smith. 
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English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer goes online for 2020

This annual contest for young dancers at ENB proved to be a stellar year with a collection of excellent performances all-around 
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A roller-coaster of diverse dance as ENB celebrates its 70th

A slick and stylish celebration at the Coliseum of this great company's achievements over 70 years.
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A piratical carry-on: English National Ballet revives Le Corsaire

The spectacular dancing of Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Jeffrey Cirio is the principal reason to catch ENB's revival of this creaky swashbuckler. 
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Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo CBE - Artistic Director

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.