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ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET'S ROJO WINS SANTANDER CULTURAL PRIZE

     (The following press release from BM Comunicacion was received by e-mail. 
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TAMARA ROJO Second Edition of the Santander Bank Foundation Award for 
Anglo-Hispanic Relations 
TAMARA ROJO* 
*Second Edition of the Santander Bank Foundation Award for Anglo-Hispanic
Relations* 
* * 
The First dancer and Artistic Director of the English National Ballet will
receive the award on June 5th at the Spanish Embassy in London. 
- *The jury distinguished Tamara Rojo as a beacon of Spanish culture in the
United Kingdom that combines both talent and youth. *** 
- *The award recognizes the significant contribution by a British or
Spanish person of eminence in bringing Britain and Spain closer together. **
* 
*- **The historian Raymond Carr was the first award-winner.  *** 
*Tamara Rojo* (Montreal, Canada, 1974) took her first steps in the artistic
world in the Víctor Ullate Dance School, and later its Company, before
embarking on an international career under the aegis of Galina
Samsova<http://es.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Galina_Samsova&action=edit&red 
link=1>,
who invited her to join the Scottish Ballet in 1996. In 1997 she reached
the rank of principal dancer in the English National Ballet, where she
stayed for three years before accepting, in July 2000, an invitation from
Sir Anthony 
Dowell<http://es.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Anthony_Dowell&action=edit&redl 
ink=1>to
be prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet in London. 
By the age of 25 Rojo had become the first Spaniard to dance for the United
Kingdom’s leading company and indeed one of the most prestigious in the
world. She is the second youngest prima ballerina in the history of ballet
after Maya Plisétskaya, who reached this position in the Bolshoi Theatre at
the age of 18. 
The *prize consists of* a sculpture by the Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias
and 10,000 Euros, which winners of this award give to an NGO or charity or
academic organisation of their choice. 
A *jury,* presided by the Spanish Ambassador *Federico Trillo-Figueroa* and
constituted by members* Lord Garel Jones* (former UK Foreign Office
Minister for European and Latin American Affairs), *Ana Patricia
Botín*(Advisor to Santander Bank UK),
*Antonio Escámez *(Chairman of the Santander Bank Foundation), *Denise
Holt*(President of the Anglo-Spanish Society),
*Baroness Hooper* (Vice-President of Canning House), *Karina
Robinson*(columnist),
*José Antonio Villasante *(General Director Universities), *Borja
Baselga *(Director
of the Santander Bank Foundation) and the Jury Secretary Fidel López
(Secretary Minister Embassy UK) *unanimously approved* the bestowal of the
award on Tamara Rojo. 
*Among the award-winner’s merits*, the jury highlighted her immense
dedication and capacity for work as well as her character and personality
that have led her to become not only one of the principal dancers of the
world but an Artistic Director of enormous imagination and energy of one of
the leading cultural institutions of Great Britain, the English National
Ballet. The jury also recognised her enthusiastic and indefatigable search
for new talents and ideas to ensure the viability of the ENB. All this has
earned Tamara Rojo, in spite of her youth, widespread admiration and the
reputation as a beacon of Spanish culture in the United Kingdom.
 
 
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