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Daniel McCormick wins emerging dancer competition

Winner of the 2018 Emerging Dancer Award, Daniel McCormick. Photo: Laurent Liotardo

Daniel McCormick has been announced the winner of English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition.

Hosted by actor and dancer Will Kemp, the competition took place at the London Coliseum on June 11.

Selected by their peers, six of the company’s most promising dancers performed in front of a panel of judges.

McCormick, who joined ENB in 2017, won the competition for his performance of a pas de deux from English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire and a solo from Leatherwing Bat by Trey McIntyre.

McCormick said: “Winning this award was completely unexpected, my colleagues on stage with me tonight are so immensely talented.

“It’s a dream to perform on the stage of the London Coliseum – a place with such history and beauty – and it’s an honour to come to London and perform for this fantastic audience. I’m now ready to work harder than ever to prove why I won this prize.”

The other finalists this year were Precious Adams, Fernando Carratala Coloma, Francesca Velicu, Connie Vowles and Giorgio Garrett.

Royal Ballet School alumna Alice Bellini won the People’s Choice award at the competition, which is voted for by the audience.

Also announced at the event was the Corps de Ballet award, acknowledging the work on and off stage of a member of the Corps de Ballet, which went to dancer Georgia Bould.

The judging panel for the Emerging Dancer Competition included ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo, former director of the National Ballet of Uruguay Julio Bocca, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet Lauren Cuthbertson, former artistic director of Romanian National Ballet Johan Kobborg and dance artist Kerry Nicholls.