One of this year’s nominees, Barry Drummond, pointed out that “everything you learn in the process is much more valuable than the result”. And perhaps it is the chance to rehearse and perform two solos to an audience of company members, press and balletomanes that is the prize in itself. Dancers certainly appeared to be enjoying their experience exceedingly.
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Yonah Acosta was impressively dynamic in his two classical pieces. He exploded into showy leaps while maintaining precise technique and his numerous pirouettes finished effortlessly with complex balances. Such supreme and polished virtuosity made him the rightful winner of Emerging Dancer 2012.
Emerging dancer judge and critic for The Financial Times, Clement Crisp, described the awards as “absolutely inspiring. We are looking at the future.” It is great to see English National Ballet’s younger and often unnoticed dancers have a chance to shine. Now the company needs to find more ongoing opportunities for them to showcase their wonderful talents.