Alice Bellini, who graduated from The Royal Ballet School last year, has won this year’s People’s Choice Award at the annual Emerging Artists competition held by English National Ballet to promote its new talent. The People’s Choice Award is voted for by audience members so represents how an artist communicates with the public.
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So how has your first year with the company been?
I’ve enjoyed all the rep and productions we did this season. Especially, I feel grateful to have had the chance to dance the principal role ‘The Novice’ in Jerome Robbins’ The Cage and be in one of the pas de deux in Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings, during our triple bill Voices of America, which we performed in the spring at Sadler’s Wells in London. It has been a great experience for me and I truly enjoyed the whole process, especially working with amazing choreographers: Aszure Barton and Tobin Del Cuore for Fantastic Beings and Diana White for The Cage.
For the triple bill, I was also learning Approximate Sonata by William Forsythe. I didn’t get to dance it in the end, but for me just having the chance to work with such a legend was a great opportunity! He is a genius and a wonderful person! I have really enjoyed getting to dance new styles!
It sounds as though it has been a fun and rewarding first year?
It’s been great and everyone in the company is really nice!