English National Ballet

English National Ballet

English National Ballet is a world-class ballet company, renowned for creative excellence, innovative collaborations and engaging ways of honouring and enhancing traditional ballet. Established in 1950 by former Ballets Russes dancers Anton Dolin and Alicia Markova and impresario Julian Braunsweg, and now led by Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, it exists to bring ballet to the widest possible audience by touring throughout the UK and around the world.

The appointment of Tamara Rojo as Artistic Director in 2012 saw the beginning of a new chapter for the company, with her twin aims of keeping the classics fresh and relevant for new generations and investing in commissioning and creating the classics of the future. This has been demonstrated with the creation of an acclaimed production of Le Corsaire alongside the commissioning of three new ballets by British choreographers to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War (Lest We Forget).

English National Ballet is committed to making ballet accessible to all. The My First Ballet… series is a joint venture with the English National Ballet School, offering children the opportunity to see a ballet production created specifically for their age group. Through its Engagement department, English National Ballet works with local communities of all ages involving them with ballet through workshops, talks and classes that take place around the country, and through work such as its hugely successful Dance for Parkinson’s programme.

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