English National Ballet 
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 The London Festival Ballet was founded in 1950 by Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin who were leading stars of the Ballets Russe, with the financial backing of the Polish impresario Julian Braunsweg. The name was inspired by the then imminent Festival of Britain, however the company would later be renamed to today’s English National Ballet. Dolin was the company’s first Artistic Director and established the company as a touring group both nationally in the UK and Internationally, touring abroad for the first time in 1951. Dolin also introduced a number of educational programs in the early years, designed to make ballet accessible to new audience. The company grew in size and status, undertaking extensive national and international tours, presenting a new generation of dancers. Since the appointment of international ballet star Tamara Rojo as Artistic Director in 2012 the company has gone on to further success with two dancers from the company (Ksenia Ovsyanick and Zdenek Konvalina )  each winning a National Dance Awards for outstanding classical performance.

 

The Sleeping Beauty by English National Ballet