22 September 2011 at 11.13am | 3 Comments
With the beginning of the 2011/12 Royal Ballet season, a few changes within the company have taken place.
The Royal Ballet’s Akane Takada and Emma Maguire have been promoted to Soloists in the recent Company promotions. Akane Takada, 21 from Japan, joined The Royal Ballet in 2008 as a Prix de Lausanne Dancer and was promoted to First Artist in June 2010. Emma Maguire, 28 from Leeds, joined The Royal Ballet in 2002 and her promotion comes after critically acclaimed performances over the course of last Season.
Also promoted are Sabina Westcombe, James Hay, Dawid Trzensimiech and Valentino Zucchetti to First Artists. Jonathan Howells becomes Assistant Ballet Master.
During the 2010/11 Season, Royal Ballet School graduate Francesca Hayward and Fumi Kaneko joined The Royal Ballet as Artists. Joining the Company for the new season are Soloist Alexander Campbell who joins from Birmingham Royal Ballet and Artists Claudia Dean and Tomas Mock (both graduates from The Royal Ballet School) and Meaghan Grace Hinkis from American Ballet Theatre.
The Royal Ballet bids farewell to Soloist Bethany Keating, First Artist Vanessa Fenton and Artist James Butcher.