Royal Ballet principal dancer Tamara Rojo has been appointed artistic director of English National Ballet.
Rojo, who sits on a number of boards including those of Arts Council East and Dance UK, will take up the role in September. She replaces Wayne Eagling.
Rojo’s first principal appointment in the UK was at the English National Ballet before she moved to the Royal Opera House. In her new role as artistic director, she will also dance with ENB.
She said: “I have very fond memories of my time as a dancer with English National Ballet and nothing could make me prouder than to return to this internationally respected company, with its wonderful dancers and invaluable legacy in bringing dance to the nation. I am particularly excited about working with young British choreographers, building strong relationships with our audiences in the regions, and exploring opportunities across other art forms”
John Talbot, ENB’s chairman, said that Rojo would “use her worldwide reputation and creative vision” to form collaborations in the UK and internationally.
ENB will announce plans for its 2013 season under Rojo later this year.