Lynn seymour winners 2020
Lynn seymour award for expressive dance 2020

Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance 2020

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance.

On Thursday 26 November, 2nd Year students performed solos for Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet Carlos Acosta, Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare and former Royal Ballet Principal dancer, Zenaida Yanowsky. The event was also streamed via Zoom to The Chairman’s Circle. Each year, the students select and prepare expressive solos on their own without any coaching.

This year’s winners are:


Joint 1st place

Frieda Kaden

Duo Verba, Barbara Gatto

Jack Easton

Gods and Dogs, Jiří Kylián


Joint 2nd place

Martin Diaz

The Dying Swan, Calvin Richardson

Meg Newton

Revelation, Motoko Hirayama


Joint 3rd place

Alicia Rose Couvrette

Lady of the Camellias, Manon Lescaut’s solo, John Neumeier

Skya Powney

Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Frederick Ashton



Ishan Mahabir-Stokes

Fancy Free – Danzon variation, Jerome Robbins

Julia Shugart

Furia Corporis, Mauro Bigonzetti

Tia Wenkman

Carmen Suite – Introduction solo, Alberto Alonso


A huge congratulations to everyone who participated in the event.

With grateful thanks to the late Nina Finburgh, who established this award in honour of Lynn Seymour, one of our most celebrated dramatic ballerinas. The Award started in 2000 at White Lodge before moving to Upper School in 2002 and was judged by Lynn Seymour herself. Nina generously left a gift in her will to ensure the Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance continues.