List of famous American ballet dancers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history Pointed shoes, tutu dress and graceful movements – ballet dance can get you swooned. But this right-out-from-the heaven-seeming dance form isn’t all hunky-dory – years of dedication, passion, concentration and coordination are just telling signs of becoming a ballet dancer Having it roots well laid during the Italian Renaissance period, ballet dance evolved and spread across the globe. Interestingly, once a male-dominated dance form, ballet soon opened its doors to women in the 17th century. Ballet reached the American shores during the 19th century. George Balanchine is credited for opening the first state-of-art ballet school in America.
Published: Wed 19 Dec 2018 is seeking male and female dancers for its 2019 - 2020 season. GHDT is a contemporary ballet/modern dance company looking for dancers with strong training in ballet, modern, and contemporary styles. ALL APPLICANTS WHO LIVE OUTSIDE THE U.S. MUST HAVE A VALID WORK VISA. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO AUDITION IN PERSON.
These auditions are by invitation only. When: Saturday, January 19th, 2019, Saturday, March 9th, 2019, Saturday, April 13th, 2019 Where: For all auditions: Registration: 1:00pm Audition: 1:30 - 3:30pm Audition fee: $20 GHDT also accepts auditions during company class. To apply: please email your resume, headshot, and recent dance reel to To register: or inquiries about the audition, please visit or use the above email address.
Published: Wed 19th Dec 2018 Repertoire: Renato Zanella, Peter Breuer, Michael Fichtenbaum and Artur Kolmakov. In addition to numerous performances in Austria, we tour throughout Europe, Canada and the USA. Basic requirements: strong classical technique, skilled in neoclassical and modern dance.
Only invited dancers can participate in this audition When: After April 2019 Where: How to Apply: 1. and fill it out 2. Your resume 3. Your headshot 4. 2 - 3 Full Body Classical Photos 5. A short Personal Testimony 6. Audition Video 7. Application Fee $15.00 () Video Requirements: Include Center Work (females en pointe), one classical variation, and one contemporary solo. Videos should not exceed ten minutes. Vimeoor Youtube links and DVD's are accepted Send all this: by email to or By snailmail to: You will be notified when your audition materials are received and will hear a response within 2 - 3 weeks.
You may be asked to travel to Madison for one to two days to participate in company class and rehearsals for further review. For more information please visit or email Lexie with questions about the audition application process or company information at Deadline: Audition applications will be accepted through the end of April 2019. Published: Wed 5th Dec 2018 America's original jazz dance company, is comprised of ten Company dancers (5 male, 5 female) and 5 to 8 Performing Associates (PA) and Giordano II dancers.
This audition will be held to fill positions in both salaried and non - salaried company positions. Giordano Dance Chicago is dedicated to the mentorship and promotion of artists from within the organization.
Performing Associates and Giordano II perform at festivals, events, and occasionally fill in for main company members should there be injury or sickness. Performing Associates have the opportunity to perform with both Giordano II and the Main Company. Main Company members are chosen from Performing Associate and Giordano II positions. Requirements: Applicants must have a strong background in ballet and jazz technique and be willing to relocate to Chicago, IL. Contracts for the 57th season begin August 2019.
Published: Wed Dec 5th 2018 is seeking professional classical dancers to fill positions at all levels within the company for its exciting 2019 / 2020 Season. OBT's repertory includes classical full length ballets and repertory productions featuring new and iconic works from Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte in addition to well - known artists such as Nacho Duato, William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián.
OBT is a member of AGMA and offers dancers competitive salary plus benefits and a minimum contract of (at least) 32 weeks. Auditions are by invitation only. Published: Wed 5th Dec 2018 is seeking male and female dancers for its 23rd season.
The 2019 - 2020 season includes up to 30 performances, 28 weeks of work, innovative new and restaged choreography, live music, artistic collaborations, touring, full orchestra, extensive community outreach programs, shoes, classes, and workman's compensation. Requirements: Dancers must be skilled in classical and contemporary movement, be in peak athletic shape, and willing to be challenged artistically. Open audition When: Saturday, March 16th 2019 between 3:00 and 5:00 Registration starts at 2:30 Where: The audition includes ballet class, pointe work, partnering, contemporary repertoire and an interview.
To apply: send your full body photos (on pointe for ladies), headshot, resume, references and video clips of classical and contemporary works highlighting turns, jumps, extension, and musicality to Courtney Lyon, Artistic Director For more information: or questions visit our , call or Published: Mon 3rd Dec 2018 For the premiere of a performance installation work on May 2 - 5, 2019 at Z Space, LFD is auditioning men and women with advanced contemporary technique.
Rehearsals begin the week of February 4th and will include approximately 16 - 20 hours per week in San Francisco and Berkeley. Dancers are paid bi - weekly as employees. LFD's performance installations are developed through a deep collaborative process with all the artists — dancers, musicians, designers work closely on developing movement, an environment, music and text that elucidate the underlying ideas.
The architecture of the installation and the underlying ideas and text are integral to the creation of the work. In the audition, dancers will individualize movement phrases and create movement and partnering from prompts. They will work with each other and with the company dancers. When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Where: Please arrive warmed up and ready to move.
There is a $15 drop - in fee for the audition, or dancers may use an ODC Dance Commons class card. Dancers will register at the ODC front desk Please note: dancers who seem like good candidates for the company may be asked to attend a second callback audition.
Pre - registration is required. To pre - register: Please email your CV and photos to For more information about LFD's work and to see videos of past repertory, please visit Published: Mon 3rd Dec 2018 Artistic Director: * Kamea Dance Company is a major company in the Israeli dance scene, holding around 80 performances a year in Israel and abroad.
* Contemporary - modern repertoire by resident choreographer Tamir Ginz and renowned guest choreographers. Audition for professional Male and Female Dancers for the 2019 - 2021 seasons. This is an open audition Requirements: - We are looking for exceptional talents with good physique and strong classical ballet and modern technique.
- Age: over 20 to 30 Max (No exceptions). - Creative dancer, highly motivated, serious attitude, commitment to job. - Professional experience in a recognized company is an advantage.
- 2 years commitment required. No videos are required. No need to prepare any variations. We offer: Annual 12 month salary, Contracts start August 2019. Published: Sat 1st Dec 2018 is seeking 40 classically trained male and female ballet dancers to join the corps de ballet for the production of Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella, adapted for in - the - round, at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019.
Short term contract: Tuesday, 7 May 2019 – Sunday, 16 June 2019. Requirements: Applicants should have strong classical technique, and proven classical ballet performance experience. Rehearsal dates: Tuesday, 7 May – Wednesday, 5 June 2019. Performance dates: Thursday, 6 June – Sunday, 16 June 2019. Applicants must be available for the audition and for all rehearsal and performance dates listed above.
Video auditions cannot be accepted. When: Saturday, 9 February 2019 from 3:00pm - 6.30pm Where: London Successful applicants will be employed on the Equity Agreement for Ballet and Dance on a rate of £385 per week, plus holiday and provision for overtime if required. To apply: please email your CV and full - length dance photos to with the subject line 'Cinderella Auditions'.
Please contact us if you need help or have any question at Deadline for applications: Thursday, 20th of December 2018. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. Published: Sat 1st Dec 2018 seeks five male and five female dancers for its new production of Kenneth MacMillan's Seven Deadly Sins at Wilton's Music Hall in May 2019.
Requirements: Applicants should be classically trained and be open-minded, creative and musical. Male dancers should be strong partners.
One female dancer should be proficient in tap. Availability: Applicants must be fully available from 4 April to 18 May 2019 and have the right to work in the UK. Short - term contracts will be offered on Equity terms. This audition is by invitation only. Published: Thu 22nd Nov 2018 For the 2019 - 2020 Season, Ballet BC is looking for: 1.
Full-Time Artists: Ballet BC is seeking experienced female and male dancers interested in a diverse collaborative environment that focuses on the innovation and creation of contemporary dance. The artist should display strong classical training, have experience in contemporary dance and a passion for the creative process. 2. Emerging Artist Positions: Ballet BC is looking for talented, female and male graduates who have completed a professional training program to join the Ballet BC Emerging Artist Program.
The program will take place during the company season (summer 2019 to summer 2020) and will provide Emerging Artists with a weekly honorarium. Audition Requirements: The audition will consist of ballet class and learning of company repertoire. Dancers should bring their CV and two photos (one head shot and one full-body, marked with dancer's name), and audition fee in cash. Women, please bring pointe shoes. Mandatory pre - registration available online; this is not for pre - screening.
For further inquiries, please contact with subject header "Audition 2019 [City]" Published: Wed 21st Nov 2018 is auditioning men and women with advanced contemporary technique for the premiere of a performance installation work.
Rehearsals begin the week of February 4th and will include approximately 16 - 20 hours per week in San Francisco and Berkeley. Dancers are paid bi-weekly as employees. LFD's performance installations are developed through a deep collaborative process with all the artists — dancers, musicians, designers work closely on developing movement, an environment, music and text that elucidate the underlying ideas.
The architecture of the installation and the underlying ideas and text are integral to the creation of the work. In the audition, dancers will individualize movement phrases and create movement and partnering from prompts.
They will work with each other and with the LFD company dancers. When: Thursday, May 2nd until Sunday, May 5th, 2019 Where: Please arrive warmed up and ready to move. There is a $15 drop - in fee for the audition, or dancers may use an ODC Dance Commons class card. Dancers will register at the ODC front desk Please note: Dancers who seem like good candidates for the company may be asked to attend a second callback audition. Pre - registration is required.
To pre - register: Please email your CV and photos to For more information about LFD's work and to see videos of past repertory, please visit Published: Sat 17th Nov 2018 is looking for a female and male dancer with for a new project "ACT OF MERCY" by Antonello Tudisco Requirements: Experienced dancers with a professional experience in creative and dynamic processes.
A high level in contemporary dance techniques and performance skills We appreciate individuality, strong performance skills and artistic integrity. Interno5 is based in Naples and is being supported by the Italian Ministry of culture. The artistic director and main choreographer is Antonello Tudisco. The company tours in Italy and abroad and does support young choreographers and residencies programs.
Rehearsal period: Monday, 14 - Wednesday, 23 January 2019, Tuesday, 19 - Wednesday, 27 February 2019 Tuesday, 12 - Sunday, 17 March 2019 Premiere: in Naples on Sunday the 17th of March 2019 Audition is by invitation only. Published: Wed 14th Nov 2018 is an internationally acclaimed company of professional dancers from around the world. We are looking for artists with strong classical and contemporary backgrounds, who are interested in working collaboratively and exploring their individual styles of movement.
Pointe work for the women, strong partnering skills, and modern dance training are required. We are currently searching for male and female principal dancers, apprentices, and trainees for our season at home in Santa Barbara and on our national tour. To apply: Please bring headshot, dance photo, resume, and $20 (cash only) to the audition. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition start time.
Please visit our audition page for an audition near you at Published: Election Day 2018 Dancers Audition for European Tour of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
Starting pay: $1,000 per week for professionals, commensurate with experience for dance students. Casting receives: Round trip flights from New York City Ground tour transportation by Charter Bus Hotel accommodation (breakfast included) Per diem and ballet shoes. Video Auditions are now been accepted. Open Call Published: Fri 26th Oct 2018 Director Goyo Montero, is looking for male and female soloists for the 2019/2020 season.
Requirements: An excellent level in classical and contemporary technique and experience of min 2 years in professional dance. To apply: Please send inscription with CV, dance pictures, videos and headshot to Deadline: Sunday, 27 January 2019 Visit the website at When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 Where: How to apply: Fill out the form on with your CV, portrait, full length body photo and a recording of a classical variation.
Invitations will be sent out once all online applications have been reviewed. Application deadline: Monday, January 21, 2019 For more information contact: Call: T +49.(0)89.21 85 17 01 email: Published: Tue Oct 2nd 2018 will be holding Additional Auditions during October 2018 for male dancers (2 positions) for season 2018 / 2019. The audition will be organized upon invitation to each applicant as private one in the dance studios of NTB and includes academic class. Additionally applicants may propose the execution of a classical variation to the president of the jury; (free choice of classical variations, music on CD prepared by applicant).
IMPORTANT: Ballet school diploma or specialized dance school degree required as obligatory. How to apply: Send your letter of application, your CV with height and age indications, and passport photo / head shot, full - length ballet photos or online video Ballet to: You can also send all this this by email to Visit our website in English here The results will be announced in November 2018 on the official site of the National Theatre Belgrade. Published: Sunday 30th Sept 2018 Artistic director David Nixon is looking for male and female dancers.
Requirements: Applicants should be open - minded, creative and imaginative with strong classical technique and pointe work, exceptional partnering skills and strength. Height requirements: women - maximum 168 cm; men - minimum 178 cm. Closed audition, by invitation only When: Sunday 27 January 2019 Where: To apply: 1. Submit a current CV, 2. A video of centre class work 3. Do this on Video must include the following long combinations on both sides: adage, pirouettes, small & large jumps with battu, a travelling combination.
This must be in leotard / tights with ladies on pointe. Variations will not be considered. Deadline for applications: Friday 11 January 2019 For more details about the company visit Published: Mon Sept 10th 2018 is auditioning for a male dancer.
Requirements: Minimum height of 1.80m and at least 2 years experience in a professional company. Skilled in classical technique, neo - classical and contemporary dance. To apply: Please send relevant C.V's, Photos and Video Links to Visit the . Published: Tue 12th Jun 2018 is accepting applicants for professional trainee position. Professional trainees get to tour to major american theaters in 4 full scale productions annually. Professional trainees are guaranteed a paid contract at the completion of the trainee period.
Limited scholarships are available. Video applications: Accepted daily, send those to In person auditions by only. For info about the company visit Published: Sat 10th Feb 2018 Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy is looking for additional male or female dancers for the 2018 - 2019 Season.
Requirements: Dancers must have strong classical technique and be of high soloist standard. The company has a principal focus on new creations, therefore, dancers must be flexible and able to adapt to new and varied choreography. A competitive salary over 40 + weeks is offered.
Dancers may send CV, photos and web link of recent work to to the attention of Mr Dobrovolskiy . Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada tours nationally and internationally. Le Ballet Atlantique est a la recherche d'un danseur ou danseuse addtionel pour la saison 2018 - 2019. Exigences: Les danseurs et danseuses doivent posséder une solide technique classique. La compagnie a comme objectif principal la création d'œuvres originales, il faut donc que les danseurs puissent faire preuve de flexibilité et être capable de s'adapter a de nouvelles chorégraphies variées.
Un salaire compétitif sur 40 + semaines est offert. Envoyez votre CV, vos photos et lien internet à l'attention d'Igor Dobrovolskiy à Le ballet atlantique du Canada effectue des tournées nationales et internationales. Published: Sat 3rd Feb 2018 is a Physical theater dance company founded in 2014 under the artistic direction of Chaim Gebber.
Unification, culture, and social behaviors comprise the foundation of our work and process. We are looking for: Free-lance dancers for performances during 2018 in Germany and abroad. Dancers with the right level on improvisation and very good in learning choreographic material as well.
Dancers who are based in Berlin. Selected dancers will get a contract for production and performances. Dates of rehearsal and performances will be send to selected dancers. How to apply: Send your CV, video material or questions to For more information about the company please visit: Published: Fri 12th Jan 2018 is looking for classically and modern trained dancers – men and women – for its professional dance company.
Candidates should also be comfortable with neoclassical, contemporary and modern techniques and works. Knowledge of African and Afro-Caribbean dance styles would be advantageous. Ballet des Amériques engages dancers who grasp and appreciate the pedagogical, aesthetic and ethical principles of its organization as whole and who are willing to commit to their realization in the dance company.
Ballet des Amériques is looking for individuals with artistic sensitivity and a high level of commitment to the arts as a whole. To be considered for a company class audition: • Please send your cover letter, resume, photograph, and video material to the Assistant to the Director, Shirley Rodriguez, via email Please include "Seeking classically trained dancers" in the subject line.
• All applicants must have the proper documentation to work in the U.S. (i.e: work permit, Green card, U.S. Citizen, etc.) If hired, candidate will be asked to fill out a W-4 and sign a contract.
Dancers receive rehearsal and performance pay. Published: Wed 3rd Jan 2018 Chhaya Collective are expanding.. We are on the look out for female dancers, dramaturg, lighting designer and violinist for Chhaya's KHAOS development in 2018 & beyond.
Artists should be comfortable travelling internationally, engaging in cross cultural exchange and be adaptable. To apply: Send your footage, CV, expression of interest to Do not forget: visit our and if you want to find out everything you always wanted to know about us
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List of ballet dancers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male ballet dancers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being ballet dancers. Ballet fans will also enjoy our lists of and . There are thousand of males working as ballet dancers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic ballet dancers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a ballet dancer then the people below should give you inspiration.
Examples of male ballerinas (ballerinos) on this list include Rudolf Nureyev, Mikail Baryshnikov, and more. Featuring the most popular Russian, English, and other male ballet dancers, this list has many recognizable names. While this isn't a list of all male ballet dancers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male ballet dancers?" and "Who are the best male ballet dancers?" Photo: via Imgur 1 Photo: /Fair use Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was a Soviet-born dancer of ballet and modern dance, one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.
Nureyev's artistic skills explored expressive areas of the dance, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women. Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. Age: Died at 55 (1938-1993) Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia Nationality: Austria, United Kingdom, Russia Profession: Ballet Dancer, Ballet master, Screenwriter, Choreographer Actor , + more Schools: Vaganova Ballet Academy, Mariinsky Ballet Credits: Valentino, Don Quixote, Exposed, Romeo and Juliet I am a Dancer , + more See more on Vaslav Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent, cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century.
He was celebrated for his virtuosity and for the depth and intensity of his characterizations. He could dance en pointe, a rare skill among male dancers at the time and was admired for his seemingly gravity-defying leaps. Nijinsky was introduced to dance by his parents, who were senior dancers with the travelling Setov opera company, and his early childhood was spent touring with the company.
His older brother Stanislav Fomitch and younger sister Bronislava Nijinska also became dancers. At age nine Nijinsky was accepted at the Imperial Ballet School in Age: Dec.
at 60 (1890-1950) Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR Nationality: Ukraine Profession: Ballet Dancer, Choreographer Schools: Vaganova Ballet Academy Credits: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky See more on Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor born in the Soviet Union, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.
After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance. After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then danced with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director. Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in Age: 67 Birthplace: Riga, Latvia Nationality: United States of America, Russia Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television producer, Choreographer, Actor Schools: Vaganova Ballet Academy Credits: Sex and the City, The Turning Point, White Nights, Great Performances Company Business , + more More See more on Sir Anthony James Dowell, CBE is a retired British ballet dancer and a former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet.
Dowell was one of the great premiers danseurs nobles of the twentieth century and the natural heir at the Royal Ballet to the classical tradition established by Harold Turner and Michael Somes. Age: 75 Birthplace: England, London Profession: Ballet master Schools: Royal Ballet School Credits: Valentino, Royal Ballet School: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Highlights From the Royal Ballet, Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet Natasha: Natalia Makarova , + more See more on LOAD MORE NEXT LIST
The rigour and determination of the ballerina is rewarded annually by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards, which since its inception in 1999 has recognised the greatest names in contemporary ballet. These women in their pointe shoes have all been at the pinnacle of their art, captivating audiences the world over with their grace and beauty.
Here are the nine recipients of one of the most prestigious honours in dance. Tamara Rojo Tamara Rojo has danced with both the Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet where she was appointed Artistic Director in 2012. She has been internationally successful and is one of the most enduringly popular and recognisable faces in modern ballet. Her move to English National Ballet did not, however, signal her retirement from the stage. She continues to dance as a guest artist, and has been praised both for her undoubted talent and her interpretative abilities.
The Spanish dancer was born in Canada, although her parents moved back to Madrid, where she trained, when she was four months old. Over the years she has established a widely praised partnership with and the two were recently reunited in Derek Deane’s production of Romeo and Juliet, in which Rojo’s majestic movement and intensity of performance was critically lauded.
Natalia Osipova Moscow-born Natalia Osipova is a multi-award winning ballerina who began dancing at the tender age of five. She trained with the Ballet School and has since danced with the world’s leading companies, from the Bolshoi to the Mikhailovsky to the Royal Ballet, where she became a Principal as recently as 2013.
She is also a guest dancer with a number of prestigious companies including the American Ballet Theatre. Known for her flying leaps, which achieve astonishing height thanks to a natural lightness of form, Osipova’s repertoire includes the lead roles in Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Swan Lake and Giselle.
She has won the award for Best Female Dancer three times, more than any other female star, most recently in 2013. Natalia Osipova in Swan Lake | © Alice Pennefather, Courtesy of ROH Daria Klimentová Daria Klimentová finally bowed out of professional ballet in 2014 after a 25-year career.
The last 18 of those have been spent with the English National Ballet where she became a principal in 1996. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, which at the time was still Soviet, Klimentová studied in Prague after early training as a potential Olympic gymnast. Her natural physical ability has been important to her development as a dancer as these qualities cannot be taught. She has travelled widely in her dance career, from South Africa to Scotland, where she arrived in the early 1990s to join the .
A staunch defender of the classics, Klimentová warned of the dangers of interpretation for its own sake in a late interview with The Guardian where she defended the most famous classical ballets as and hoped that their importance would not diminish in a generation that emphasises innovation often at the expense of art. Daria – White Swan in Swan Lake | © ASH Marianela Nuñez The Argentine Nuñez has been with the Royal Ballet for more than 15 years and has twice won the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards for Best Female Dancer.
Nuñez is known for a dancing style that is outstandingly lyrical. She has been praised for her interpretative choreography which brings an emotional understanding to every step. The purity and simplicity of her style allow the story of the dance to unfold in one beautiful sequences of movements. She has been dancing since she was three years old, moving to London to join the Royal Ballet at the age of 15.
Her career has been a lesson in determination and she has reaped the rewards. Over the years she has danced all the major leading roles in classical and contemporary ballet and created a few for herself. Marianela Núñez and Thiago Soares: “Diana & Acteón” | © DONOSTIA KULTURA / Flickr Agnes Oaks For nearly two decades, Agnes Oaks was the leading face of English National Ballet along with her husband and dance partner, Thomas Edur.
The two met as children in the Estonian State Ballet School in Tallinn and so began a romance that itself has something poetically artistic about it. Oaks is one of the leading proponents of classical ballet and over the years has starred in all of the well-known productions, but it was in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, which came relatively late in her long career, that she earned universal acclaim for her sensuality and intelligence of movement.
Oaks herself is in favour of artistic interpretation, arguing that the best productions arise out of collaboration between dancer and director, whereas some classical performances risk being limited by a rigidity of conception that does not do enough to distinguish them from previous performances.
She was awarded the Richard Sherrington Award for Best Female Dancer in her last season on the stage. Agnes – White Swan with Thomas Edur in Swan Lake | © Daria Klimentova Leanne Benjamin Two-time winner at the National Dance Awards, Leanne Benjamin has also been honoured with a De Valois Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution to dance.
Born in Australia, Benjamin has danced all over the world, with the Deutsche Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet and the Wheeldon Company in New York. She retired from professional dancing in 2013 after a career spanning more than two decades and during which she mastered all the main roles and created a few others.
Benjamin flourished as a dancer into her forties, gaining recognition for her roles in more contemporary productions and noted for a realism in her dancing which she describes as ditching the . She bowed out with Mayerling, the same piece that ushered her onto the international stage. Along the way she has also inaugurated her own awards in support of Australian ballet dancers dancing in the UK.
Alina Cojocaru Alina Cojocaru left the Royal Ballet in 2013 after an acrimonious rift that saw her trade in 13 years with the company in favour of a move to the English National Ballet under the artistic direction of Tamara Rojo, whose vibrancy she found compelling.
The two apparent rivals have come together to create a company of diverse brilliance in which the diminutive, Romanian Cojocaru is one of the principal stars. Her partnership with Johan Kobborg has been praised as one of the most successful in the history of ballet. She was also widely praised for her role in John Neumeier’s Liliom with the Hamburg Ballet, which he wrote especially for her and which saw her win the Prix Benois de la Danse for a second time, the only ballerina ever to do so.
Alina Cojocaru as Medora in Le Corsaire | © Photography by ASH Miyako Yoshida Awarded the Best Female Dancer in recognition of her work as a Principal Guest Artist of the Royal Ballet, Yoshida joined K-Ballet in Japan the year of her win. She retired in 2010 and gave her last performance with the Royal Ballet in Tokyo, the city where she was born and trained.
Over more than two decades in dance she made her final bow at Covent Garden with an emotional performance of Cinderella, while in Tokyo she reserved Romeo and Juliet for her final curtain call.
Known for a precision of movement and an expressiveness that relied on the choreography rather than facial contortions, Yoshida’s dancing was always beautifully controlled and the more powerful for its elegant containment. Zenaida Yanowsky The Spanish Yanowsky was actually born in France to parents who were themselves both dancers with the .
As a child Yanowsky was accustomed to touring with the company although she did not decide to pursue ballet herself until the comparatively late age of 14. Since then she has gone on to have a remarkable career with the Royal Ballet which she joined in 1994, being promoted to Principal in 2001. Not only is she known for the more classical ballet roles but Yanowsky has also created roles for a number of directors, including her Queen of Hearts in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was well received by critics, and more recently Paulina in his The Winter’s Tale.
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