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.