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Tamara's Scrapbook: The Emerging Dancer Competition

posted on Wednesday, 21st May 2014 | find under Tamara, Nutrition
Sweaty Betty's founder and creative director Tamara is always in-the-know on what's hot in the worlds of fitness and fashion in London. Whether it’s trialling the latest classes, road-testing new activewear, attending industry events or styling up the latest collections in her own, sports-versus-fashion way, each week we will be sharing the latest from Tamara's scrapbook. 

This week, Tamara’s talking about English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer Competition.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join English National Ballet students and my fellow sponsors at the fifth annual Emerging Dancer Competition with English National Ballet. Thanks to our collaboration on the Sweaty Betty dance collection, we have developed a fantastic relationship with the prestigious dance company, so I was keen to support the competition and excited to have the chance to witness the inspirational talents of these up-and-coming dancers.

Hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky, it was held at the Lyceum Theatre. The competition was made up of six of the company's young dancers, performing to an audience of their peers and a panel of judges: Arlene Phillips, Clement Crisp, Deborah Bull, Wayne Sleep, Tamara Rojo and Gillian Lynne. 

Probably the most emotive performer for me, was Senri Kou. A Japanese ballerina who seemed quirky in her bio video, she completely transformed as she took to the stage; transporting the audience to a whole different place with her mesmerising performance.

As for the winners, Junor Souza topped the list with an incredibly athletic and expressive performance. I had seen Junor perform before in Le Cosaire, and he definitely stood out from the rest. As well as being awarded the People's Choice Award (as voted by his peers), Junor was also the co-winner of the judges' vote, alongside Allison McKinney, with whom he danced the pas de deux from Esmeralda. Another well-deserved win, it was her incredible strength that really stood out – beautiful and athletic.

Topping the list for style, however, had to be Madison Keesle - so mesmerising, elegant and fluid in a stunning long red satin dress with an open cross back. It was amazing that she could dance so beautifully in it.

The highlight of the evening, for me, was seeing our campaign model for the Summer collection, Nancy Osbaldeston, coming on-stage as the worthy winner of last year's competition. 

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