ENB Emerging Dancer
Jinhao Zhang has been named as the winner of English National Ballet’s 2015 Emerging Dancer Award. Zhang joined ENB last year after graduating from English National Ballet School. The young dancer performed his own choreography, Dying Swan, and also a pas de deux from Don Quixote with fellow nominee Isabelle Brouwers. The competition, held at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall 0n 23 March was hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky. The judges were Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, Michael Nunn OBE and William Trevitt OBE (BalletBoyz), Wayne Sleep OBE, Didy Veldman and ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo. Laurretta Summerscales named as the recipient of the People’s Choice Award. The other finalists were: Isabelle Brouwers, Anjuli Hudson, Jeanette Kakareka, Katja Khaniukova, Vitor Menezes and Max Westwell. Before the winners were announced, last year’s joint Emerging Dancer Award winners, Junor Souza and Alison McWhinney, performed a pas de deux from Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land.
Jinhao Zhang in Don Quixote. Photo: Emma Kauldhar.