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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: 2019 Emerging Dancer

ENB: 2019 Emerging Dancer
English National Ballet; Dancers of the English National Ballet; Gavin Sutherland; Alice Bellini; Emilia Cadorin; Julia Conway

LondonCinderella in-the-round

Cinderella in-the-round
Prokofiev: Cinderella
Christopher Wheeldon; English National Ballet; Julian Crouch; English National Ballet Philharmonic

LuxembourgAkram Khan's Giselle

Akram Khan's Giselle
Lamagna: Giselle
Akram Khan; English National Ballet; Gavin Sutherland; Tim Yip; Mark Henderson

MoscowAkram Khan's Giselle

Akram Khan's Giselle
Lamagna: Giselle
Akram Khan; English National Ballet; Gavin Sutherland; Tim Yip; Mark Henderson
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Persistent: outstanding triple bill celebrates female choreographers

Irek Mukhamedov and Katja Khaniukova in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings © Laurent Liotardo
She Persisted is the sequel to English National Ballet's She Said, a triple bill featuring work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Stina Quagebeur and Pina Bausch. 
*****
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A fine company achievement: English National Ballet's Manon

English National Ballet in Manon © Laurent Liotardo
Jurgita Dronina impresses as the heroine in this matinee performance of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's ballet at the Coliseum. 
****1
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Cojocaru leads a fine cast in ENB's Manon

James Streeter, Alina Cojocaru, jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Manon © Laurent Liotardo
A performance that overflows with rich detailing in every role
*****
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A Swan Lake worth seeing again

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández in English National Ballet's Swan Lake © Laurent Liotardo
Jurgita Dronina adds a slight Russian touch to Derek Deane's Swan Lake in an evening marked by intense interpretations of the leading roles and gleaming performances from young soloists.
*****
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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.