English National Ballet Emerging Dance Award - reviewed on 28th February
With young dancers performing, the Emerging Dancer Award provides an enticing glimpse into how the future of British ballet will look. The competition is designed to showcase ENB talent and allow up-and-coming dancers to stretch themselves with principal roles. Battling to win a small amount of prize money and a large amount of prestige, each dancer learnt, researched and rehearsed two solos in the little time they usually have free. Judged by leading dance figures including Carlos Acosta and Dame Beryl Grey, the event took place at the Southbank Centre in front of an enthusiastic audience.
Shiori Kase, the youngest at just 19, was a deserving winner with her pure lines and clean technique. She danced Giselle with a quiet, lyrical innocence and her Black Swan showed power and precision. Also performing was Vadim Muntagirov, an already rapidly-rising star, who jumped sky-high and dazzled with multiple pirouettes. Laurretta Summerscales presented a wide-eyed, radiant and youthful Aurora; her Carmen was contrastingly teasing and seductive. Max Westwell was handsome in Don Quixote but lacked vibrancy.