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Royal Ballet promotions, joiners and leavers

Details of changes for the 2011/12 Royal Ballet season.

By Rosie Neave (Former Head of Ballet Press)

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.

Find out more about the dancers of the Royal Ballet

By Rosie Neave (Former Head of Ballet Press)

22 September 2011 at 11.13am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged 2011/12, Ballet, joiners, leavers, promotions

This article has 3 comments

  1. Nahoko Leggett responded on 22 September 2011 at 1:50pm Reply

    Akane is one of the most promising young dancers in the world and will definitely become RB's treasure!

  2. richard davis responded on 24 December 2011 at 6:38pm Reply

    Should have posted this some time ago but just want to say I am delighted to see Emaa receive the promotjon she so richly deserves.

  3. fumi fan responded on 13 September 2012 at 3:35am Reply

    Fumi Kaneko is wonderful. Ballerina dancing to the beautiful Anna tried to get started. Also call de ballet, Fumi is noticeable. In a sense it is good.
    Importantly, dancing to the performance of each one carefully.
    In principal, but it's no complaint.

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