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First jury member revealed: Zenaida Yanowsky!

Posted 3 June 2015 at 11:21

The first jury member to be revealed for Eurovision Young Dancers is Zenaida Yanowsky. A Spanish ballet dancer, born in Lyon (France) in 1975, Zenaida's parents are Russian ballet dancer Anatol Yanowsky and Spanish ballet dancer Carmen Robles, - both of whom were dancers with the Lyon Opera Ballet.

In her early years, Zenaida - along with her siblings - took dance classes at her parents’ school, before at age 14 she decided to become a professional dancer. In 1993, she took part in this very event, Eurovision Young Dancers, winning top prize, before going on to take gold in the 1994 Jackson International Ballet Competition. In the autumn of 1994, having left the Paris Opera Ballet earlier on in the year, she joined the Royal Ballet in London - and was made Principal Dancer in 2001.

In June 2002 Zenaida performed the "Black Swan" pas de deux with Roberto Bolle at Buckingham Palace, as part of the 'Prom at the Palace’ event to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II; while in 2003 she was voted as the Best Female Dancer at the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards, and 2005 Dancer of the Year by readers of Dance Europe magazine.

In addition to dancing, Zenaida has worked with many contemporary choreographers. In the Royal Ballet's 2006/07 season, she created a role in Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: danse a grande vitesse and Anna II in the new production of the The Seven Deadly Sins by Will Tuckett. In the 2007/08 season, she worked with Wheeldon again and created a role in Electric Counterpoint. Zenaida also created the role of Paulina in Christopher Wheeldon's 2014 ballet The Winter's Tale.

Zenaida will be joined by two other jury members to decide the winner of Eurovision Young Dancers 2015 - the next member will be revealed tomorrow! 

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