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Dancers' own websites

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RB & BRB dancers on Twitter (* denotes BRB)

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Hayley Forskitt
Reina Fuchigami*
Mara Galeazzi
Bennet Gartside

Laura-Jane Gibson*
Miles Gilliver*
Celine Gittens
Melissa Hamilton
Nathalie Harrison
James Hay
Francesca Hayward
Tierney Heap
Jade Heusen*
Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Momoko Hirata*
Kit Holder*
Valeri Hristov
Fumi Kaneko
Chisato Katsura
Paul Kay
Nehemiah Kish
Brandon Lawrence*
Maureya Lebowitz*
Julian MacKay
Mayara Magri
Emma-Jane Maguire
Max Maslen*
Delia Mathews*
Steven Mcrae
Pietra Mello-Pittman
Miki Mizutani*

Lachlan Monaghan*
Anna Monleon
Erico Montes
Fernando Montaño

Vadim Muntagirov
Sian Murphy
Yasmine Naghdi
Marianela Nuñez
Natalia Osipova
Anna Rose O'Sullivan
Laura Purkiss*
Samantha Raine
Marcelino Sambé
Mariko Sasaki
Liam Scarlett
Luke Schaufuss*
Ashley Scott
Alys Shee*
Tyrone Singleton*
Emily Smith*
Thiago Soares
Gina Storm-Jensen
Lara Turk
Lewis Turner*
Laura Tye (Purkiss)*
Andrei Uspenski
Edward Watson
Thomas Whitehead
James Wilkie
David Yudes
Valentino Zucchetti

Company changes for the 2017/2018 season

The Royal Ballet
  Yasmine Naghdi to Principal Dancer
  Christina Arestis, Bennet Gartside, Kristen McNally & Thomas Whitehead to Principal Character Artist
  Matthew Ball & Marcelino Sambé to First Soloist
  Reece Clarke, Benjamin Ella & Anna Rose O’Sullivan to Soloist
  Hannah Grennell, Calvin Richardson, Gina Storm-Jensen & David Yudes to First Artist

  William Bracewell joins as Soloist from Birmingham Royal Ballet
  Giacomo Rovero, Francisco Serrano & Charlotte Tonkinson join as Artists from the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers programme

Other joiners:
  Joonhyuk Jun, Joshua Junker, Sae Maeda, Nadia Mullova-Barley, Aiden O’Brien & Amelia Palmiero join the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers programme
  Stanislaw Wegryzn joins as Prix de Lausanne dancer

  First Soloist Melissa Hamilton returns after a leave of absence performing with Semperoper Dresden

  Zenaida Yanowsky, Principal Dancer, after 23 years
  Matthew Golding, Principal Dancer
  Valeri Hristov, First Soloist, after 15 years
  Johannes Stepanek, First Soloist, after 15 years
  Hayley Forskitt, First Artist, retiring from dance
  Solomon Golding, Artist, joining San Francisco Ballet

RB Press Release

Birmingham Royal Ballet
  Tzu-Chao Chou is promoted from First Soloist to Principal
  Delia Mathews is promoted from First Soloist to Principal
  Arancha Baselga is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist
  Yasuo Atsuji is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist
  Miki Mizutani is promoted from First Artist to Soloist
  Laura Day is promoted from Artist to First Artist
  Alys Shee is promoted from Artist to First Artist

Joiners as Artist:
  Elisabetta Formento, from Estonian National Ballet
  Lynsey Sutherland, from Polish National Ballet
  Haoliang Feng, from the Royal Ballet School
  Augustus Payne, from the Royal Ballet School
  Harry Wright, from the Royal Ballet School
  Brogan McKelvey, from Elmhurst Ballet School
  Hamish Scott, from Elmhurst Ballet School
…as Apprentice:
  Claudia Nicholson, from the Royal Ballet School
  Jade Wallace, from Elmhurst Ballet School

  Joseph Caley (Principal), after 12 years to to join English National Ballet as Principal
  Jamie Bond (Principal), after 14 years and is retiring from ballet
  William Bracewell (Soloist), after 7 years to join the Royal Ballet
  Lewis Turner (First Artist), after 7 years to join Staatsballett Berlin
  Alexander Bird (Artist), after 3 years to join Staatsballett Berlin
  Emily Smith (Artist), after 6 years
  Johanne Monfret (Artist), after a yearlong apprenticeship

BRB Press Release

Royal Ballet School Graduate Contracts 2017
The Royal Ballet (Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme) Joonhyuk Jun, Joshua Junker, Sae Maeda, Nadia Mullova-Barley, Aiden O’Brien, Amelia Palmiero
Birmingham Royal Ballet Haoliang Feng, Augustus Payne, Harry Wright, Claudia Nicholson (Apprentice)
BalletBoyz Sean Flanagan
Ballet Nacional Sodre Uruguay Joseph Fawcett-Wood
Bayerische Staatsoper Isabella Knights
Dutch National Ballet Junior Company Nicholas Landon
English National Ballet Alice Bellini
Houston Ballet Fernando Martin-Gullans
Orlando Ballet Albjon Gjorllaku
Scottish Ballet Jerome Barnes, Alice Kawalek
Semperoper Ballett Dresden Rio Anderson, Rodrigo Pinto, Ella Vickerman
StaatsBallett II Bayerische Staatsoper
Stuttgarter Ballett (Apprentice) Fraser Roach

RBS news

Elmhurst Ballet School Graduate Destinations 2017
Birmingham Royal Ballet Brogan McKelvey & Hamish Scott as Artists, Jade Wallace as Apprentice
Northern Ballet Graduate programme Siri Girling 
Ballet Cymru Pre-Professional programme Elizabeth Donson, Hannah Scott, Isobel Holland & Jordan Wright 
Ballet Theatre UK Graduate Placement Laura Bruzzone 
Vienna State Ballet Abigail Baker
Ballet Nice Méditerranée Sara Nativi 
Tokyo Ballet Wakana Matsuzawa 
Atlantic City Ballet Apprenticeship programme Saho Nozaki
National Ballet of Estonia Connor Williams
Wroclaw Opera Ballet Charalampos Skoupas 
Aalto Ballett Theater Essen Harry Simmons
Cork City Ballet Lydia Holt
Elmhurst Ballet School Graduate Placements William Brooke & Erin Sheffield 

Other careers
Joseph Massey joins Merlin Entertainment as a Lighting Technician
Moesha Lamptey heads to Sheffield University to study History and German
Georgia Stanfield enters Further Education towards a career in Marine Biology

Elmhurst news

Ballet Association Awards 2016

Royal Ballet School Each year the Ballet Association provides bursaries for outstanding students. David Bain, Chairman of the Association, attended the School’s end of year Assembly to present the Association’s 2016 Royal Ballet School Awards to 2nd Year Feng Haoliang from (China) and 1st years Harrison Lee (from Australia) and Julia Conway (from the USA). Following discussions with the School, our awards of £600 each will no longer be used to sponsor the students. Instead, each student will be able to choose how to spend their award, as long as it is 'arts related' in some way.

BA Award 2015
David Bain and the three award winners. Photo ©The Royal Ballet School

Flower Throws
Flower throws are an expression of affectionate honour for Principal Dancers on their retirement or sometimes their return from long recuperation from injury. With the permission of House management (and due warning to long-suffering stage management), money collected informally from ballet-goers, together with a donation from the Ballet Association, is used to buy flowers in bulk.

At the final curtain calls, flowers shower the dancer from the boxes adjacent to the stage, thrown by members of the Ballet Association, the House staff or other volunteers. As the cascade of flowers rains down, the audience applauds and often stands in ovation, creating a wonderful atmosphere and a touching and memorable scene.

Darcey's farewell
Miyako Yoshida on a flower-strewn stage at the final curtain call of her last appearance at the
Royal Opera House in April 2010 after dancing Cinderella in Sir Frederick Ashton's ballet.
Photo ©Bill Cooper 2010

Memorial to the founders of the Royal Ballet in Westminster Abbey

On November 17, 2009 a service was held in Westminster Abbey to dedicate a memorial stone in Poets' Corner marking the contributions made by Dame Ninette de Valois, Founder Director, Sir Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer, Constant Lambert, Founder Music Director and Prima Ballerina Assoluta Dame Margot Fonteyn in establishing Britain's flagship national ballet company, along with its sister company Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School.

The memorial stone designed by Stephen Raw (more details and photos here) was unveiled by The Lady Sarah Chatto, Vice President of The Royal Ballet. The service was conducted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster who gave the address and there were readings by Sir John Tooley, David Bintley and Dame Monica Mason.

Photo by Andrew Dunsmore ©The Dean & Chapter of Westminster

The service included solos from works by Dame Ninette de Valois and Sir Frederick Ashton: Satan’s Solo from de Valois’s Job danced by Steven McRae and simultaneously on a second stage by Robert Parker, followed by Natasha Oughtred and Romany Pajdak in the solo from Ashton’s The Wise Virgins. White Lodge pupils Charlotte Edmonds, Thomas Bedford, Magdalena Chan and Ashley Hardwick, performed a new piece choreographed by Liam Scarlett to Constant Lambert’s ‘Rondino’ from his Romeo and Juliet Tableau no. 1. The Choir of White Lodge performed two pieces and before and after the service the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Barry Wordsworth performed excerpts from works in the Royal Ballet's heritage repertory.

Wise Virgins
Natasha Oughtred and Romany Padjak (in background) in the solo from The Wise Virgins.
Photo by Andrew Dunsmore ©The Dean & Chapter of Westminster

Personal Memories of the Royal Ballet

Company 50th

To celebrate the 75th anniversary in 2006 of the founding of what was to become the Royal Ballet, Ballet Association members contributed to a collection of memoirs and photographs.

Click for the text only version of the memoirs. Click for the illustrated and fully formatted version (requires Adobe Reader).

The photograph shows Dame Ninette de Valois with past and present members of the Company in 1996 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first performance of The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Peter Howard.