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New dancers to join The Royal Ballet for 2017/18 Season

The Royal Ballet announces new additions to the Company for the forthcoming 2017/18 Season.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

28 April 2017 at 4.01pm | 11 Comments

A number of dancers will join The Royal Ballet for the forthcoming 2017/18 Season.

William Bracewell will join as a Soloist. Born in Swansea, Bracewell trained at the Pamela Miller Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School. In 2007 he won the Young British Dancer of the Year Award and was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2010 and was promoted to Soloist in 2014. Bracewell was awarded the Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance (classical) in 2015.

Also joining the Company as Artists will be Giacomo Rovero, Francisco Serrano and Charlotte Tonkinson, members of the 2016/17 Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme and former students from the Royal Ballet School.

Five further dancers will join The Royal Ballet as part of the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme 2017/18. This year-long contract for young graduates will be taken up by Joonhyuk Jun, Joshua Junker, Sae Maeda, Nadia Mullova-Barley, Aiden O’Brien and Amelia Palmiero.

Stanislaw Wegrzyn will join the Company as Prix de Lausanne dancer for the 2017/18 Season.

Details of promotions for the forthcoming Season will be announced in due course.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

28 April 2017 at 4.01pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged 2017/18, Aiden O’Brien, Charlotte Tonkinson, Francisco Serrano, Giacomo Rovero, joiners, Joonhyuk Jun, Joshua Junker Sae Maeda, Nadia Mullova-Barley, William Bracewell

This article has 11 comments

  1. Jeanne-Marie Marshall responded on 30 April 2017 at 11:11pm Reply

    Can't wait to see all these new recruits

  2. Missy responded on 12 May 2017 at 5:25am Reply

    I really hope Yuhi Choe will be made principal this year. She's an amazing dancer with a wide repertoire

  3. Michael Sharpe responded on 26 June 2017 at 8:12am Reply

    When may we expect details of promotions,leavers,joiners for the 2017/18 season?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 28 June 2017 at 9:10pm

      Hi Michael,

      Information will be released in due course after the completion of the Company's tour to Australia



  4. Brian responded on 30 June 2017 at 9:23am Reply

    Agree with Missy about Yuhui Choe - she really deserves to be made Principal.

  5. alex responded on 7 July 2017 at 6:37pm Reply

    Can someone PLEASE let us fans know WHEN the Promotions 2017 will be announced?

  6. Sharon Keogh responded on 13 August 2017 at 4:49pm Reply

    What has happened to Vincenzo di Primo? There has been no notice if he is staying or leaving..?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 14 August 2017 at 10:15am

      Hi Sharon,

      Vincenzo was the Company's Prix de Lausanne apprentice, joining for one Season as is usual for this position. We wish him well for the future.

      This Season's apprentice is Staniłsaw Węgrzyn. You can find out more about him on his people page:



  7. Dawn Pelter responded on 7 October 2017 at 10:05am Reply

    I love hearing all the news about the company, and I wish all the dancers and dancers to come a very successful career.

  8. Jason responded on 9 December 2017 at 11:51pm Reply

    Hoping Yuhui Choe will be promoted to principal!

    • David Gifford responded on 2 June 2018 at 10:43am

      Don’t hold your breath. They’ve had many opportunities to promote Yuhui but have chosen not to. I agree, she’s a fine dancer, and should have been promoted years ago. They don’t mind asking her to step into leading roles at short notice - when she always excels (her Aurora was wonderful) - but as for rewarding her artistry...
      She should joinTamara at ENB - where she would be really appreciated.

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