The National Ballet of Canada dancer who dramatically completed a competitive performance despite a serious injury to her partner has been rewarded with a promotion by the Toronto-based company.
Corps de ballet dancer Tina Pereira wason the list of promotions announced Monday by artistic director Karen Kain.
Pereira won raves while competing for the Erik Bruhn Prize in March, eventually taking the best female dancer title even after her partner, Keiichi Hirano, tore his Achilles tendon during their performancein the classical portion of the prestigious contest that'sheld once every four years.
Pereira and fellow corps de ballet member Alexandra Golden have been promoted to second soloist, Kain announced.
Also receiving a promotion Monday were second soloists Tanya Howard, Etienne Lavigne and Bridgett Zehr, who were elevated to first-soloist status.
The company's corps de ballet will add two new additions, Nadine Drouin and Naoya Ebe, while current members Robert Stephen and Jenna Savella each picked up this year's Patron Award of Merit —an annual honour presented to one male and one female corps member or apprentice at the conclusion of the season.