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Royal Ballet Promotions, Leavers and Joiners

Details of Company changes for the 2012/13 season have been announced.

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

11 July 2012 at 1.42pm | 7 Comments

Details of Royal Ballet promotions, leavers and joiners for next season have been announced.

The 2012/13 season will see promotions to First Soloist for Alexander Campbell and Ryoichi Hirano; to Soloist for Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Claire Calvert, James Hay, Dawid Trzensimiech and Valentino Zucchetti; and to First Artist for Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Fumi Kaneko and Yasmine Naghdi.

Tamara Rojo will leave the company to take up the Directorship of English National Ballet. First Soloist José Martin and Artists Celisa Diuana and Aaron Smyth also depart as well as Ballet Mistress Ursula Hageli and Physiotherapist Daryl Martin. The company said goodbye to Principals Sergei Polunin and David Makhateli as well as First Artist Francesca Filpi during the course of the season.

Dancers joining the Company for the 2012/13 Season include Tierney Heap, Mayara Magri and Donald Thom from The Royal Ballet School as well as Nicol Edmonds from the Finnish National Ballet. All join as Artists.

We filmed an interview with Claire Calvert who gave us her reaction to the news of her promotion, as well as telling us about her career highlights to date and what she's looking forward to in the future:

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

11 July 2012 at 1.42pm

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

This article has 7 comments

  1. So sad about Tamara leaving but a woarm welcome to all new comers and well done to all those newly promoted. :).

  2. So sorry to hear that Sergei Polunin and David Makhateli are leaving!

  3. Maria responded on 11 July 2012 at 11:15pm Reply

    Congratulazioni a tutti, in particolare a Valentino Zucchetti.
    Tanti auguri a Tamara Rojo per la nuova attività, che sarà certamente un successo.

  4. Catherine responded on 12 July 2012 at 12:01pm Reply

    Farewell to some and well done to others. Good to see Ryioichi promoted - he has been fantastic - most recently in Les Noces. I have lots of great memories of Jose Martin in particular (Blue Boy in Les Patineurs a stand out performance) who became one of my favourite dancers. To lose him in the same season as Tamara Rojo (the best dancer I have ever had the pleasure of seeing) is a real loss. I wish all leavers well and thanks for great dance.

  5. Elizabeth responded on 12 July 2012 at 4:58pm Reply

    Wishing Tamara & Jose all the very best at ENB and yes, so very sad to see them go. Tamara is the reason we have been such regular visitors to the RB and we will miss her very very much indeed. She has been a true star.

  6. Lara responded on 4 August 2012 at 4:19pm Reply

    Very happy for mayara magri, who is from my country. And of course for all the others that joined the company or have been promoted. So sorry about the ones who is leaving, I will miss Tamara so much, she is such a huge inspiration.

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