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It’s that time of the year again: a time to revisit what happened in the ballet world during 2014. From the Guardian’s Judith Mackrell, to New York-based critic Marina Harss, dance writers have been picking their favorite moments of the year. Even though we missed out on amazing premieres like Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, plus anything choreographed by Justin Peck (we simply can’t wait for Ballet 422 to hit the UK!), we had the opportunity to catch many interesting creations over this side of the Atlantic, from Wheeldon’s beautiful The Winter’s Tale to ENB’s powerful Lest We Forget bill at the Barbican.

Meanwhile, in the current edition of The Barre Flies, contributors like Eliza Minden, Laura Jacobs and Leigh Witchel have been busy picking their Dancers to Watch in 2015. We would also like to hear from you:

Who are your dancers to watch in 2015?

Use the comment form below or email us (theballetbag [at] gmail.com). Your answers will be automatically added to our Christmas giveaway, as we are teaming up with the Gaynor Minden crew to give away two pairs of pointe shoes plus tights!

Photo: © Eduardo Patino. Courtesy of Gaynor Minden, Inc.

Photo: © Eduardo Patino. Courtesy of Gaynor Minden, Inc.

 

This promo closes on 5 January 2015. The two lucky winners will be able to place a 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 – Promo winners are:

Stephanie, 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! We’ll be in touch by email soon.

If your entry was not picked this time, don’t worry. Keep checking for further promotions soon!

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176 Comments

  • December 27, 2014

    Selina

    Sylvie Guillem, Carla Korbes

  • December 27, 2014

    Maria Jesus Beltran de Heredia

    Uliana Lopatkina Alina Somova

  • December 27, 2014

    Margherita zigarini

    Diana Vishneva, Evgenia Obraztsova, Roberto Bolle, Miko Folgarty and Misty Copeland. ♡

  • December 27, 2014

    Katrina Ong

    I’ve always watched Alina Cojocaru, Maria Kotchetkova, Yuan Yuan Tan, Miko Fogarty, and Misty Copeland on videos, and it would be a dream come true to watch them dance in the flesh. They are really my biggest inspiration.

  • December 27, 2014

    Hannah Lyn

    I’d love to see more of Misty Copeland and Maria Kotchetkova in 2015. That would just be spectacular.

  • December 27, 2014

    Lorry

    Lauren Lovette, Calvin Royal III, Natascha Mair, Indiana Woodward, Eve Grinsztajn, Masayu Kimoto

  • December 27, 2014

    Micaela Meyer

    Diana Vishneva, Evgenia Obraztsova, Sarah Lamb and Marianela Nuñez!

  • December 27, 2014

    Dagny Ingle

    My “dancers to watch in 2015″ include:
    Derek Dunn, a recent addition at Houston Ballet who is making his way up rapidly and flawlessly.
    Mackenzie Richter, a recent addition at Houston Ballet 2 who I know personally and enjoy watching her succeed and grow through every competition.
    Juliet Doherty, is an idol of mine and it is always awe inspiring to witness her competition performances each year as well as see what she is off to next in her inevitable career as a bellerina.
    Gigi (@scolarina9247) is also a beautifully talented dancer that I hope to watch succeed further in her journey at becoming a pro.
    Miko Fogarty, though not new to the spotlight, is a girl I get goosebumps from at every competition video. I will never get tired of watching new variation videos and fawning over her lines.

  • December 27, 2014

    Jaslynn Tay

    Misty Copeland
    Miko Fogarty
    Michaela DePrice
    Austin Eder!!!

  • December 27, 2014

    Brianna Womick

    Dancers for me to watch are Gillian Murphy & Misty Copeland!!!

  • December 27, 2014

    Kristen Bennett

    I will be watching Sara Mearns, Beckanne Sisk, and Margaret Severin-Hansen in our Carolina Ballet!

  • December 27, 2014

    Helen Albee

    Alyssa Harrington Los Angeles ballet

  • December 27, 2014

    Holly Anderson

    Anastasia Kolegova and Anastasia Matvienko!

  • December 27, 2014

    Katerina Tsirepa

    Misty Copeland and Svetlana Zakharova

  • December 27, 2014

    Sarah

    Michaela DePrice and Misty Copeland :)

  • December 27, 2014

    Olivia Hendry

    Dimity Azoury, of The Australian Ballet! She loves pig farming on par with ballet and has just one the Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year Award – which is voted on by the public. One of the hardest working dancers I’ve ever seen and such a stunning woman

  • December 27, 2014

    Olivia Hendry

    Sasha Leong from Sydney, Australia! She’s only 16 but has already competed in prestigious completions such as the prix de Lausanne and won a silver medal (highest prize awarded) at the Genee International Ballet Competition, Glasgow 2013. As one of her fellow competitors I can say she is an incredibly beautiful person and an exquisite dancer

  • December 27, 2014

    Akshaya Kannan

    Lauren Cuthbertson and Misty Copeland! 😍

  • December 26, 2014

    Allie Michaels

    Robert Fairchild, especially in An American in Paris! I performed a recital dance with this theme and loved it! Another favorite one is Tiler Peck!

  • December 26, 2014

    Maria

    Ivan Vasiliev would be awesome to see as evgenia obraztsova would be too!!

  • December 26, 2014

    Karen

    Juliet Doherty and Miko Fogarty

  • December 26, 2014

    Lauren

    I would love to see Juliet Doherty, Miko Fogarty, Misty Copeland, and Michaela DePrince! All so beautiful, strong, and fun to watch dance because you can see their passion for dance.

  • December 26, 2014

    Avery

    Misty Copeland & Michaela DePrice!! Would love to see both of them dance!

  • December 26, 2014

    Melisa

    We love Darli Iakovlev from the Columbia City Ballet!!! She is a sweetheart & amazing dancer! My daughter had the honor of meeting her & dancing with her in the Nutcracker this year! :)

  • December 26, 2014

    Kelly

    Misty Copeland

  • December 26, 2014

    Mariana Calvet

    Marianela Nunez, Fumi Kaneko and Misty Copeland.

  • December 26, 2014

    Virginia Della Balda

    The first one is Maria Kochetkova, but I’m really interested to watch Maia Makhateli and Anna Tsygankova. I just watch Cinderella from Het National Ballet and on YouTube from San Francisco (same version), 3 completely different ballerinas but with something in common, their beautiful completeness!

  • December 26, 2014

    Zoe

    Natalia Osipova
    Aria Alekzander
    Tyler Peck
    <3

  • December 26, 2014

    Sydney Stouffer

    I love to watch Misty Copeland and Kathy Thibodaux, I will definitely be watching them this year and also my two little sisters( I love seeing them grow and improve).

  • December 26, 2014

    Shannon

    Misty Copeland 👯

  • December 26, 2014

    martha

    Nancy Nerantzi (richard alston dance company)

  • December 26, 2014

    mike young

    Natalia osapova and victoria zahorian

  • December 26, 2014

    Mary Sweeney

    Definitely Maria Kotchetkova! She is absolutely magical.

  • December 26, 2014

    Eva

    My dancer to watch would be Mayara Magri… I think she’s going to have a wonderful career and I can’t wait to watch her grow! Also waiting for the day Yuhui Choe is finally a principal!

  • December 26, 2014

    Madisyn Thomas

    I will be watching Dusty Button of Boston Ballet and Alina Somova of Mariinsky Ballet!

  • December 26, 2014

    Sarah Bergeron

    I will definatly be keeping watch of Misty Copeland this upcoming year! I consider myself a beginner when it comes to pointe work and she is someone who I look up to! I love her grace and power and dream to be able to dance like her!

  • December 26, 2014

    Sasha

    Misty Copeland for sure! Such an inspiration and role model for dancers everywhere.

  • December 26, 2014

    Sophia Clark

    Fumi Kaneko of the Royal Ballet!

  • December 26, 2014

    Karen

    Misty Copeland and Zakharova

  • December 26, 2014

    Astrid Alicia Vela Plata

    I think that the dancers to watch this 2015 are Misty Copeland because of her power. I think that she revolutionized the way that people conceived dancing and ballet. As what happened with activities like crossfit, now other audience is attracted by this art because they understand its physical and mental importance, I think that she is part of a new age of dancing. The other dancer to watch this 2015 is Maria Kowroski as most of us (dancers) when we were little, used to watch barbie movies where she represented ballet main characters, since then she has improved her dancing a lot, has explored new styles and stories. Now having the opportunity to appreciate her movements on stage is amazing. I invite everybody to watch her because is such an elegant and hard- working ballerina.

  • December 26, 2014

    Marissa

    Maria Kochetkova! :) Love her artistic abilities!

  • December 26, 2014

    Gabriela Carrera

    Ashly Isaacs from NYC ballet corps (former student from our Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique school)

    Natalia Osipova one of my favorites!

    Angel Corella <3

  • December 26, 2014

    Annathalia Karabela

    There are lots of dancers I would love to see live, but if I had to choose one that would be ms Zakharova… She is the ultimate idol, for me…

  • December 26, 2014

    Catherine Tsandoulis

    I would definitely like to see Svetlana Zakharova… I have watched her performances on the net and every time I am literally in tears.

  • December 26, 2014

    Jennifer McDermeit

    I will be watching my three beautiful ballerinas in 2015!! I could watch my girls dance all night long. :)

  • December 26, 2014

    Madeleine Palencia

    Gillian Murphy
    Yekaterina Shipulina
    Alina Cojocara
    Erika Cornejo

  • December 26, 2014

    Kristen Gillette

    Watching Maria Kotchetkova and Misty Copeland this year!

  • December 26, 2014

    Rachel Tee

    My dancers to watch are Maria Kotchetkova, Misty Copeland, Juliet Doherty, and Miko Fogarty!

  • December 26, 2014

    Nataleigh Lam

    Yuan Yuan Tan at SF Ballet… My fav Giselle!

  • December 26, 2014

    Estíbaliz

    I have a date on May to go see the National Company of Spain ( Carmen Suite!! Awesome) and I am saving to go to London and try to see to Osipova, and Tamara Rojo!! This 2014 I saw the Munich Ballet with Lucía Lacarra, she was stunning!