Dance the Atlantic.

Tutus and pointe shoes at the ready, the renowned English National Ballet joins us on board for the first time ever in a very special voyage that celebrates the world of dance.

August 11, 2019, Queen Mary 2.

This Transatlantic Crossing will offer an up-close and personal perspective of the elegant magic the English National Ballet creates on stage – and the effort that goes into it. 

Guests will be joined on board by six ballet dancers, including lead principal Erina Takahashi and first soloist James Streeter. Watch their morning ballet class and drop in on afternoon rehearsals. Spectacular performances will take place in Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theater, with extracts from the enthralling classic Swan Lake, the poignant contemporary work Dust and the stunningly visual Le Corsaire - demonstrating the huge breadth of the company’s repertoire.

Take part in dance workshops throughout the week, with a fantastic opportunity to experience the joy of dancing and learn from professionals. There will also be insight talks, offering a fascinating understanding of the dedication and exhilaration of a dancer’s life, along with dance-themed movies and documentaries.

Special guests on board.

Erina Takahashi – Lead Principal.

Born in Kushiro, Japan, Erina spent time training at both the Kushiro Ballet Academy by Kou Yano and the English National Ballet School. Erina joined English National Ballet in 1996, and has held the prestigious role of Lead Principal since 2007.

James Streeter – First Soloist.

Born in the UK and trained at the English National Ballet School, James joined the company in 2004 and was awarded the position of First Soloist in 2018. Whilst on board, James will be leading a talk, discussing his career and highlights of his life as a dancer.

Rina Kanehara – Soloist.

Descending from Kyoto, Japan, Rina trained at both the Hiroko Mizuno Ballet Academy in her home country and the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. Rina joined the English National Ballet in 2015 and is now one of their soloist dancers.

Aitor Arrieta – Soloist.

Originally from Oiartzun, Spain, Aitor completed his training at the Mariemma Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid. Aitor joined the English National Ballet in 2016 and became a soloist the following year.

Francesca Velicu – First Artist.

Choreography High School Floria Capsali, in her hometown of Bucharest, Romania. She also spent time at the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy before joining the English National Ballet in 2016. Francesca is now a First Artist for the company.

Daniel McCormick – Artist.

Daniel spent time training at the Ballet San Jose School, the San Francisco Ballet School and the Houston Ballet School. He joined the English National Ballet as an Artist of the Company in 2017.

Dr. Merritt Moore.

Merritt Moore is a world-class professional ballet dancer and quantum physicist. She has danced with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and London Contemporary Ballet Theater, while graduating with honors in physics at Harvard and with a PhD in Quantum Optics at Oxford University. She was named one of the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018 and featured in “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls,” alongside inspiring women such as Oprah, Angela Merkel, JK Rowling and Audrey Hepburn. She was one of 12 selected astronaut candidates, out of thousands of applicants, to undergo the rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two’s “Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?”

Currently, Merritt works at the intersection of science and art, spearheading a movement which integrates the two at the highest caliber. Whether it be at the Barbican, Imagine Science Festival, or for the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she creates state-of-the-art work that integrates quantum physics and dance in the form of VR movies, dance installations with robots, and online content.

Merritt has integrated her love for physics and dance for a TEDx talk at Oxford and for the international "Dance Your PhD" contest (and won the Physics category). She has organized a group of Science-Art-Sisters (aka SASters) and been on the organizing committee for the Oxford Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) UK 2016. She was awarded the title of one of the Top Ten College Women of 2010 by Glamor Magazine and the Suzanne Farrell Award at Harvard. She was awarded the Michael von Clemm Fellowship (awarded to only one Harvard student a year) to study at Oxford.