3rd Year students at graduation

Graduation 2021

3rd Year students at graduation

After an exceptional and challenging year, our 3rd Year students gave an incredible performance at the Royal Opera House, including their final Grand Défilé. They returned to the School in the afternoon for their graduation ceremony.

A small number of family, staff and supporters gathered in the Linden Studio Theatre whilst those unable to attend, watched the livestream on Zoom.

Christopher Powney, Artistic Director, introduced the students and gave them some parting words of advice. Christopher Rodrigues, our Chairman, then addressed the students before alumnus and Principal of the The Royal Ballet, Steven McRae, wished the students well and presented them with their certificates.

There were several special awards presented to students, which recognised their efforts and achievements during their time at the School. We wish all our graduates every success in their future careers.

Graduation 2021

Award winners

Eleonora Ancona
Julie Petanova
Alejandro Valera Outlaw

The Captain and Mrs John Moore Prizes are for excellence in the preparation, presentation and delivery of the final dissertation in the degree course: Classical Ballet and Dance Performance. The award was kindly presented by Alison Cattermole in memory of her parents Captain and Mrs John Moore.

Max Dawe

The Ashton Award is for a graduating student who has shown style, personality and technique in Ashton ballets. The award is generously supported by Robert Kimber, in memoriam, and was presented by Christopher Nourse from the Frederick Ashton Foundation.

Ava May Llewellyn
Basil James

The David Norman Award is for the graduating students who have shown leadership qualities and demonstrated good citizenship during their time at the School. The award is kindly supported by Geoffrey R W Smith and was presented by David White.

Julie Petanova
Alejandro Valera Outlaw

The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawer Awards are for the male and female graduating students who have made the most progress in classical ballet training during their time at the School. The was award is kindly supported by The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers and was presented by Michael Gunston.

Olivia Findlay
Yuma Matsuura

The London Ballet Circle Dame Ninette Awards are the for the most outstanding male and female graduating students of The Royal Ballet School 2021. The award is kindly supported by The London Ballet Circle and was presented by Susan Dalgetty Ezra.

Graduate contracts

Olivia Findlay                                                         
The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Ava May Llewellyn                                               
The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Viola Pantuso                                                         
The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Alix Van Tiggelen                                                 
The Royal Ballet Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme

Eric Pinto Cata                                                       
Birmingham Royal Ballet

Yuma Matsuura                                                     
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company

Alejandro Valera Outlaw                                     
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company

Grace Carroll                                                         
The Australian Ballet

Elijah Trevitt                                                         
The Australian Ballet

Arthur Henderson                                               
Ballett Dortmund

Florence Joffre                                                     
Bayerisches Junior Ballett München

Luca Massara                                                         
Bayerisches Junior Ballett München

Rimi Nakano                                                         
Boston Ballet II

Clark Eselgroth                                                     
Finnish National Ballet 2

Basil James                                                           
Hong Kong Ballet

Raffaello Barbieri                                                 
Hungarian National Ballet

Louis Dobbs                                                           
ICK Dans Amsterdam

Max Dawe                                                             
Joffrey Studio Company

Amiruddin Shah                                                   
Joffrey Studio Company

Eleonora Ancona                                                 
The National Moravian – Silesian Theatre

Tara Millard                                                         
The Norwegian National Ballet 2

Josh Nagaoka                                                       
The Norwegian National Ballet 2

Julie Petanova                                                     
The Norwegian National Ballet 2

Thomas Gerhardt                                                 
Orlando Ballet Second Company

Annabel Pickering                                               
The Sarasota Ballet

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