Promotions and new joiners for our 2016/2017 season

We’re delighted to announce promotions within the Company and new joiners for the 2016/2017 season.


Go to photo Cesar Corrales as Ali in English National Ballet's production of Le Corsaire. Photo: © Laurent Liotardo

Following his success at this year’s Emerging Dancer competition, where he won both the Emerging Dancer and People’s Choice Award, Cesar Corrales is promoted to First Soloist.

Other promotions for next season include Ken Saruhashi, who has been promoted to Junior Soloist, Barry Drummond, Stina Quagebeur and Jinhao Zhang, who have been promoted to First Artist, and Rina Kanehara, promoted within the Artist of the Company rank to 8th Year Artist.

Go to photo Ken Saruhashi as Lankendem in English National Ballet's production of Le Corsaire. © Photography by ASH

As previously announced Shiori Kase and Laurretta Summerscales were promoted to Principal mid-season.


Currently a member of Compañía Nacional de Danza, Aitor Arrieta joins us as Junior Soloist.

Joining as Artists of the Company are Georgia Bould (following her performances over the Autumn/Winter season), Emily Suzuki from English National Ballet School, Giorgio Garrett from the National Ballet of Canada, Francesca Velicu from Romanian National Ballet, and Connie Vowles (who joined mid-season from the Royal Ballet School).

We are thrilled to welcome them all the English National Ballet family.


Kei Akahoshi, Désirée Ballantyne, Naomi Bottomer, Josephine Frick and Ksenia Ovsyanick left the Company at the end of the 2015/2016 season.  We would like to thank them for their contribution to English National Ballet and wish them all the best for the future!

We will start the 2016/2017 season with performing Akram Khan’s Giselle and Nutcracker, and hope to see you soon!

Go to photo Barry Drummond as Freddie in English National Ballet's production of Nutcracker. Photo: © Photography by ASH