Introducing the NDA Nominees for 2011
Grishko Award for Best Female Dancer
The Grishko Award For Best Female Dancer, given in memory of Richard Sherrington
Lauren was born in Devon and trained at the Royal Ballet School. She joined the Royal Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to principal in 2008. Along with dancing the leading ballerina roles in the repertoire, she has created roles in ballets by
Cathy Marston, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor, including his Live Fire Exercise in 2011. She won the
Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Female Artist (Classical) in 2004. In 2011 she created the role of Alice in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the first new full-length ballet at Covent Garden in 16 years.
Daria was born in Prague and trained at the Prague State Conservatory. After dancing with companies in Prague, South Africa and Scotland, she joined English National Ballet in 1996 and is currently a senior principal dancer. As the company’s leading ballerina, she has danced all the major roles, most recently partnered by the rising star Vadim Muntagirov. In 2010 she created the role of
the grown-up Clara in Wayne Eagling’s new Nutcracker and led the first cast of ENB’s Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall. She was presented with the Patron’s National Dance Award by Dame Beryl Grey in May 2011.
Born in Buenos Aires Marianela trained at the Teatro Colon Ballet School and toured internationally with both Maximiliano Guerra and the Teatro Colon company. She joined the Royal Ballet School in 1997 and the Royal Ballet in 1998. She was promoted to principal in 2002. She won the 2002 National Dance Award for Outstanding Young Female Artist (Classical) and won the 2005 Best Female Dancer Award.
Born in Montreal but raised in Spain, Tamara trained at the Victor Ullate School in Madrid. After dancing with Scottish Ballet for a year she joined English National Ballet in 1997 where six months later she was promoted to principal. She created the role of Juliet in Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet and Clara in his Nutcracker. She joined the Royal Ballet in 2000, where she has
danced most of the ballerina roles in the repertoire. She has created roles in ballets by Kim Brandstrup and in 2011 danced the Queen of Hearts in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.