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Zenaida Yanowsky receives Spanish Dance Award

Royal Ballet Principal recognized for her talent in both contemporary and classical dance.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

21 November 2012 at 3.14pm | 2 Comments

Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky has been given a National Dance Award by Spain’s Ministry of Education and Culture.

Spain’s National Dance Awards, which have been running since 1988, are awarded in two categories – creation and interpretation.

The judging panel said:

“Zenaida’s personality and charisma as a dancer allow her to master the grand roles of classical repertory, as well as immerse herself in contemporary choreography.”

In particular, the judges noted her performance as the Queen of Hearts in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a role she reprises this Season.

Zenaida, daughter of Spanish choreographer Carmen Robles and dancer Anatol Yanowsky, was born in Lyon, France and grew up in Las Palmas on the Canary Islands. She attended classes at her parent’s ballet school and only began to consider dance a profession when, at the age of 16, she won a silver medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 1991. She joined the Paris Opera in 1993, before moving to London in 1994 to dance with The Royal Ballet and in 2001 was promoted to the rank of Principal.

Zenaida’s upcoming performances include Las Hermanas as part of the MacMillan Mixed Bill, Marguerite and Armand, Raymonda Act III, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Bayadère and Mayerling.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

21 November 2012 at 3.14pm

This article has been categorised Awards, Ballet and tagged Spanish National Dance Award, Zenaida Yanowsky

This article has 2 comments

  1. Teresa Guerreiro responded on 21 November 2012 at 4:20pm Reply

    Fully merited! Congratulations to Zenaida Yanowsky. A truly intelligent dancer with a compelling stage presence - always a pleasure to watch.

  2. Jane P responded on 28 November 2012 at 7:34pm Reply

    I agree entirely with Teresa. Zenaida is a riveting performer, great dancer, great actress and she fully deserves recognition for her work. Many congratulations to her!

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