It’s that time of the year again: a time to revisit what happened in the ballet world duringÂ 2014. From the Guardian’sÂ Judith Mackrell,Â to New York-based criticÂ Marina Harss, dance writers have been pickingÂ their favorite moments of the year. Even though we missed out on amazing premieres like Ratmansky’sÂ Pictures at an Exhibition, plusÂ anything choreographed by Justin Peck (we simply can’t wait for Ballet 422 to hit the UK!), we had the opportunityÂ to catch many interesting creations over this side of the Atlantic, from Wheeldon’s beautifulÂ The Winter’s Tale to ENB’s powerfulÂ Lest We Forget bill at the Barbican.
Meanwhile, in the current edition of The Barre Flies, contributorsÂ like Eliza Minden, Laura Jacobs and Leigh Witchel have been busy picking theirÂ Dancers to Watch in 2015.Â We would also like to hear from you:
Who are your dancers to watch in 2015?
UseÂ the comment form below or email us (theballetbag [at] gmail.com). Your answers will be automatically added to our Christmas giveaway, as weÂ are teaming up with the Gaynor Minden crew to give away two pairs of pointe shoes plusÂ tights!
This promo closes on 5 January 2015. The two luckyÂ winners will be able to place aÂ custom order for their Gaynor Minden ballet shoes.
Entries from all over the globe are welcome.
Good luck and Merry Xmas!
Update: 27 January 2015 â€“ Promo winners are:
Stephanie,Â who emailed us:
“My dancers to watch for 2015 are Svetlana Lunkina (Principal, National Ballet of Canada), for her impeccable technique and growing artistry as a new dancer with the company (I saw her perform in November, exquisite!), and Francesco Gabriele Frola (Corps, National Ballet of Canada), for his incredible ballon and ability to step up in this season’s Soloist/Principal roles at the last minute. He has a bright future, and is exciting to watch.”
And Mackenzie, who commented:
“I absolutely love Sara Mearns at New York City Ballet!!! She inspires me so much!!! When she dances, I can just see her passion. She puts everything into what she is doing, and I love that about her!!! I would love to see her perform someday soon!! I also will be watching Rammaru Shindo at the Carolina Ballet! I had the honor of meeting him when he came to perform as a guest artist with my ballet company!!! His performance left my fellow dancers, the audience, and me mesmerized!! With the way he presents himself onstage and the way he can jump and turn, I am not surprised that he won a Silver in Pas de Deux at the 2014 Youth American Grand Prix!!! It is clear that Rammaru Shindo is going to be going places, and he is one to watch in 2015.”
Congratulations Stephanie and Mackenzie! Weâ€™ll be in touch by email soon.
If your entry was not picked this time, donâ€™t worry. Keep checking for further promotions soon!