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The Royal Ballet announces leavers and joiners for the 2018/19 Season

The Royal Ballet welcomes new dancers and offers best wishes to those leaving in the new Season.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

25 July 2018 at 10.45am | 11 Comments

Today, The Royal Ballet announces leavers and joiners for the 2018/19 season. As previously announced, Cesar Corrales joins The Royal Ballet as First Soloist. Former Royal Ballet School student Joseph Aumeer also joins the Company as an Artist.

For the 2018/19 Season The Royal Ballet welcomes seven dancers to the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme: Harris Bell, Harrison Lee, Taisuke Nakao, Katherina Nikelski, Amelia Townsend and Hang Yu from The Royal Ballet School and Lania Atkins from the Dutch National Ballet Academy. Amelia Palmiero continues as an Aud Jebsen Young Dancer.

Davide Loricchio joins as the Prix de Lausanne dancer for the 2018/19 Season.

Soloist Fernando Montaño will take leave of absence during the 2018/19 Season to undertake various projects and First Artist Leticia Stock will also take leave of absence during the 2018/19 Season to dance with the Joffrey Ballet.

Soloist Laura McCulloch retired earlier in 2018 after 17 years with The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2001, promoted to First Artist in 2005 and Soloist in 2008. With the Company her repertory included Mitzi Caspar (Mayerling), Myrtha (Giselle), Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty), Helena (The Dream) and roles in Jewels and Elite Syncopations. She also created several roles for the Company, including in Christopher Bruce’s Three Songs – Two Voices and Alastair Marriott’s Sensorium.

Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, comments: “Laura has been a wonderful presence at The Royal Ballet, both on and off the stage. She has excelled in a wide range of our repertory, making a gracious Lilac Fairy and a commanding Queen of the Wilis, to mention just a couple of her memorable roles. She will be very much missed by us all and we wish her well for the future.”

The Royal Ballet has also announced next Season's promotions, in which Matthew Ball was promoted to Principal, the highest rank in the Company.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

25 July 2018 at 10.45am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged

This article has 11 comments

  1. Joan Short responded on 25 July 2018 at 10:45pm Reply

    When will see Cesar Corrales in cast lists please??

    • Stephen Jay-Taylor responded on 27 July 2018 at 2:12am

      As Solor to Osipova's Nikiya in La bayadere in November.

  2. Katie Barnes responded on 25 July 2018 at 11:09pm Reply

    To Laura McCulloch, goodbye and thank you. In addition to the roles mentioned (one of the funniest Alaskan Rag girls ever), I especially recall her gracious Lady Mary Lygon.

    To Fernando Montano and Leticia Stock - good luck for your year's leave of absence, but please don't be tempted to stay away too long - we'll miss you!

    To all the newcomers - WELCOME!

  3. Susan Finch responded on 26 July 2018 at 10:23am Reply

    Huge Congratulations to Mathew Ball looking forward to many Performances
    Welcome to our new Students and every good wish for our”Leavers “ for their future and enormous Thanks for all the wonderful enjoyment they have given us.

  4. Tiggy responded on 26 July 2018 at 5:15pm Reply

    Hugh congratulations to all joining and good luck to leavers in new adventures. New chapters are always good

  5. patricia phillips responded on 26 July 2018 at 7:08pm Reply

    such a delight this leavers and joiners article..thank you so much for creating it and especially for those of us living outside the uk..love and blessings...

  6. Dolores Laris responded on 27 July 2018 at 12:55am Reply

    Congratulations Cesar Corrales in your uprising career! Mexico Cuba & NBS proud!!!

  7. Miles Ambrose responded on 28 July 2018 at 3:23am Reply

    Welcome Joseph aumeer

  8. Brianna Thomas responded on 28 July 2018 at 11:21am Reply

    Congratulations to all the new dancers for the 2018/19 season and to Lania Aitkens as an Aud Jensen Young dancer. What an incredible achievement.

  9. Judge responded on 28 July 2018 at 2:52pm Reply

    Will really miss Leticia and Fernando. Please don’t stay away too long!

  10. Hiroyuki Morikawa responded on 29 July 2018 at 5:09am Reply

    Congratulations Sae Maeda. I am looking forward to seeing your performance in Japan.

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