English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer award is now in it’s eighth year and this time was able to reach an even wider audience through a live streaming from Sadler’s Wells Theatre which has had 50,000 views to date. Such an addition promoted this annual contest an even bigger opportunity for these young dancers to shine and demonstrate their capabilities in principal roles they have rarely, if ever, had the chance to dance.
Just personally, Emerging Dancer has genuinely become one of my favourite dance events of the year since I first saw it in 2014. Perhaps it’s the tension of the competition element, the opportunity for those who usually go appreciated in the corps to shine or the pomp and circumstance of a celebrity host (Arlene Phillips this year) and the three awards presented by Artistic Director Tamara Rojo at the end of the evening. I adore all it stands for, however, this year’s award seemed to suffer from a number of clunky production issues and lack of rehearsal time that hindered the enjoyment of the talent on display.
Emerging Dancer 2017 took place on May 25th at Sadler’s Wells.
Read the full review on BroadwayWorld.com