Thomas Edur

Born in Estonia and underwent classical training with the Estonian Ballet School, where the influence of the Great Russian teachers is renowned. In 1988 he joined the Estonian State Opera Ballet where he danced his first Albrecht, Siegfried and Romeo. In 1990 Edur was awarded a Bronze Medal at the Jackson Mississippi International Ballet Competition and with Agnes Oaks they were awarded the Best Senior Couple Prize. Later that year he was invited to join the English National Ballet and quickly established a rapport with British audiences.

Thomas was presented the Evening Standard Outstanding Performance Award for Ballet in 1994 and nominated twice for a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance 1995/97. In 1996 he joined Birmingham Royal Ballet, for the season. Since 1997 Thomas is a resident guest artist with English National Ballet, and has performed with many other companies, including La Scala Milan, Berlin Staatsoper, Cape Town City Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Finnish Ballet.

He has danced in many classical and modern ballets by the world's greatest choreographers including Ashton, Mcmillan, Cranko, Nureev, Tetley, Sergeyev, Balanchine, Lacotte, Bart, Wright, Veronica Paeper, Mark Morris, and has created roles in ballets by Heinz Spoerly, Robert North, Olga Roriz, Ben Stevenson, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Dean, Ronald Hynd, Derek Deane, Raissa Struchkova, Christopher Hampson and Mai Murdmaa.

His repertory includes Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Manon, Etudes, Les Sylphides, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sphinx, Voluntaries, Apollo, Paquita, Four last songs, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Onegin (Lenski), The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio), Three preludes, Who Cares and Don Quixote.
In 2000 Thomas choreographed his first pas de deux Forever for the Greatest Love Gala at the Royal Albert Hall. He was one of the dancers of the year 2000 and 2001 nominated by Dance International Magazine. In 2001 Thomas was presented with the Third Class Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia for his achievements in ballet. In 2002 Thomas received Best Male Dancer Award from London Critics' Circle Dance Awards, and together with Agnes Oaks was given Best Partnership Award.

Thomas Edur is the WINNERS OF THE 2004 OLIVIER AWARDS — 2004 Laurence Olivier Awards — presented by the Society of London Theatre. The results were announced on Sunday February 22 at a star studded ceremony held at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE WINNER: Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks for their performances in English National Ballet's 2 HUMAN at Sadler's Wells. «English National Ballet offered absolutely splendid dancing. The troupe is playing with verve and an infectious delight that restores one's faith in ballet itself — and inspires gratitude for the past and hope for the future», Clement Crisp, Financial Times, 17 January, 2002.




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