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Dancers' own websites

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RB & BRB dancers on Twitter (* denotes BRB)

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Melissa Hamilton
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James Hay
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Tierney Heap
Jade Heusen*
Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Momoko Hirata*
Kit Holder*
Valeri Hristov
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
Natasha Oughtred*
Laura Purkiss*
Samantha Raine
Genesia Rosato
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)*
Eric Underwood
Andrei Uspenski
Edward Watson
Thomas Whitehead
James Wilkie
David Yudes
Valentino Zucchetti

Company changes for the 2016/2017 season

The Royal Ballet
RB official announcement

   Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano, Akane Takada to Principal Dancer
   Claire Calvert, Yasmine Naghdi, Beatriz Stix-Brunell to First Soloist
   Matthew Ball, Mayara Magri, Tierney Heap to Soloist
   Reece Clarke, David Donnelly, Benjamin Ella, Isabella Gasparini, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Demelza Parish to First Artist

 Joiners (as Artists):
   Joseph Sissons, graduate of the Royal Ballet School
   Mica Bradbury, joined mid-season from Ballet Vlaanderen
   Leticia Dias Domingues, from BRB
   Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Harry Churches, Leo Dixon, Isabel Lubach, Julia Roscoe (2015/16 Aud Jebsen Young Dancers) all from the RBS

 Other joiners:
   2016/17 Aud Jebsen Young Dancers:Estelle Bovay, Maria Luisa Castillo Yoshida, Arianna Maldini, Giacomo Rovero, Francisco Serrano, Charlotte Tonkinson, all from the RBS
    Prix de Lausanne Dancer: Vincenzo Di Primo

 Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Programme:
   Charlotte Edmonds continues for the 2016/17 season (mentored by Kevin O'Hare and Wayne McGregor)


Birmingham Royal Ballet

   Samara Downs, Céline Gittens from First Soloist to Principal
   Delia Mathews from Soloist to First Soloist
   Yijing Zhang, Feargus Campbell, Brandon Lawrence, Valentin Olovyannikov from First Artist to Soloist
   Yaoqian Shang from Artist to Soloist
   Reina Fuchigami, Jade Heusen, Max Maslen, Lachlan Monaghan from Artist to First Artist

 Joiners (as Artists):
   Gabriel Anderson, Aitor Galende, graduates of the Royal Ballet School
   Tim Dutson, graduate of English National Ballet School

   Elisha Willis after 13 years, 12 years as a Principal. Elisha is retiring from ballet and is going to pursue a career in costume making
   Jonathan Caguioa after 14 years, four years as a Soloist. Jonathan is returning to London to undertake a Pilates teaching course
   Steven Monteith left earlier this season after 18 years, six years as a Soloist. Steven is studying for the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance
   Oliver Till after nine years. He is moving to the United States to pursue different opportunities.
   Leticia Dias Domingues after a year to join the Royal Ballet as an Artist
   Luke Schaufuss after three years to join Scottish Ballet as a Soloist

Royal Ballet School Graduate Contracts 2016
The Royal Ballet Joseph Sissons
The Royal Ballet (Aud Jebsen Young Dancers programme)
Joseph Aumeer, Estelle Bovay, Maria Luisa Castillo Yoshida, Arianna Maldini, Giacomo Rovero, Francisco Serrano, Charlotte Tonkinson
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Gabriel Anderson, Altor Galende Brizuela
Birmingham Royal Ballet (Apprentice)
Johanne Monfret
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company 
Kiely Groenewegan
Boston Ballet II 
Gabrielle Beach
Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 
Lorenzo Silingardi
English National Ballet 
Connie Vowles
Hong Kong Ballet 
Nana Sakai
Northern Ballet 
Lorenzo Trossello
Royal Swedish Ballet 
Kaho Yanagisawa, Karl-Erik Wigle Andersson
Sarasota Ballet (Apprentice) 
Thomas Bradshaw
Scottish Ballet 
Grace Paulley
Teatrul de Balet Sibiu
Maya Negishi, Rio Sato
Tulsa Ballet II 
Simone Acri
Vienna State Opera Ballet 
Scott McKenzie

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Grand defilé
The Grand defilé concluding the RBS 2016 show on the Opera House stage. Photo ©RBS/Johan Persson

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.