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Stella Abrera and Misty Copeland have been promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Arron Scott and Cassandra Trenary have been promoted to Soloist effective August 1, 2015. In addition, Maria Kochetkova, a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Alban Lendorf, a principal dancer with Royal Danish Ballet will join the Company as Principal Dancers and Jeffrey Cirio, a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, will join ABT as a Soloist. Kochetkova will remain as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and split her time between the two companies.

Misty Copeland in Derek Hough's Ameska. Photo: Emma Kauldhar
Aurélie Dupont
Paris Opéra étoile Aurélie Dupont gave her farewell performance at the Palais Garnier on 18 May, dancing the title role in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon. Originally her Des Grieux was to be Hervé Moreau but, as he was unable to perform due to an injury, the Italian star, Roberto Bolle, replaced him. The performance was shown live in cinemas and will also be broadcast on Culturebox and France 3 on 30 May. The étoile joined the company in 1989, aged 16, and was promoted to étoile after her performance in Nureyev's Don Quixote on 31 December 1998.
Pictured - Aurélie Dupont following her farewell performance as Manon. Foto: Emma Kauldhar
Danza Europa y Américas
En Chile, vemos el Lago de los Cisnes de Marcia Haydée bailado por el Ballet Municipal de Santiago, y entrevistamos a Mathieu Ghuilhaumon, director del Ballet Nacional Chileno. Más cisnes en Buenos Aires, en versión de Peter Wright interpretada por el Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón. Viajamos a París para ver Les Enfants du Paradis de José Carlos Martínez, a Ámsterdam para disfrutar de un programa triple de coreógrafos británicos a cargo del Ballet Nacional de Holanda, y a Nueva York al despertar de la Bella Durmiente de Ratmansky. Preguntamos a 8 jóvenes bailarines de alrededor del mundo cómo les ha ido en su primer año como profesionales. La bailarina americana-mexicana nos habla sobre su carrera junto al Ballet Hispánico de Nueva York y asistimos a los Benois de la Danse en Moscú. Audiciones, toda la actualidad de la danza y mucho más en el número de julio de Danza Europa y Américas.

ENB Choreographics
Associate artist George Williamson introduced English National Ballet’s Choreographics - an opportunity for the dancers to enhance their skills and venture into the choreographic arena. This year the invitation was extended to two outsiders: Morgann Runacre-Temple, who is choreographer-in-residence at Ballet Ireland, and Renato Paroni de Castro, who has previously created works for Sarasota Ballet and Images of Dance….

Read Deborah Weiss's review in the July issue of Dance Europe.

Northern Ballet

Promotions have been announced: Ashley Dixon to Leading Soloist, Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Giuliano Contadini to First Soloists, Rachael Gillespie, Nicola Gervasi, Jeremy Curnier and Isaac Lee-Baker to Junior Soloists and Matthew Koon, Abigail Prudames and Joseph Taylor to Coryphée. In addition Hironao Takahashi becomes a Senior Artist whilst former Apprentices Alice Bayston, Isabelle Clough, Kiara Flavin, Dominique Larose and Gavin McCaig all move into the first year corps.

Pictured - Rachael Gillespie in David Nixon's Madame Butterfly. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Cool Britannia

Dutch National Ballet's latest programme features the work of three British choreographers. Jessica Teague reviews two world premieres - David Dawson's Empire Noir and Christopher Wheeldon's Concerto Concordia - with Wayne McGregor's Chroma in the July issue of Dance Europe.

Dutch National Ballet - Floor Eimers and Jozef Varga in David Dawson’s Empire Noir. Photo: Emma Kauldhar.

July - Contents
This month's cover features Anna Tsygankova and Jozef Varga in the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Concerto Concordia, part of Dutch National Ballet's Cool Britannia bill that also presented a premiere by a British choreographer, David Dawson's Empire Noir, along with Wayne McGregor's Chroma. Other late season premieres reviewed include Krzysztof Pastor’s Casanova in Warsaw for the Polish National Ballet; new ballets by Mark Morris and Stanton Welch in Houston; and Alexei Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty for ABT. July interviews are headed by an in depth rendezvous with Christopher Powney at the end of his inaugural year as the Royal Ballet School's director, while six dancers share their experiences as their first year as professional dancers. Printed paper and digital editions available from our store

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ASHTON'S LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE - PARIS OPERA

Josua Hoffalt as Colas in Ashton's La Fille mal gardée. GALLERY

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BINTLEY'S SYLVIA - BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET

Céline Gittens as Diana in Bintley's Sylvia. PHOTO GALLERY

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MADAME BUTTERFLY - NORTHERN BALLET
Northern Ballet in David Nixon's Madame Butterfly GALLERY

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DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET JUNIOR COMPANY 2015
Nancy Burer in Robert Binet's Surfacing GALLERY

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