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By Patricia Boccadoro

PARIS, 21 October 2005 —The 2005 Leonide Massine Prize at Positano in Italy, instituted in September 1969 and given each year to leading figures on the dance scene for their accomplishments throughout the year, was awarded to Emmanuel Thibault and Myriam Ould-Braham of the Paris Opéra Ballet. It is one of the most important international recognitions of great talent in the dance world, and in recent years has only been given to José Martinez (1998), Manuel Legris (2001), and Agnès Letestu ( 2004), at the French company.

Emmanuel Thibault

For Thibault, a great favourite of the Paris public and critics alike, who has won medals at the International Competition of Paris, at the Eurovision competition in Helsinki, and at Varna, amongst others, it is yet another recompense, but for Ould-Braham, who made her debut in the title role of the Sleeping Beauty earlier this year, it is the first indication of great things to come.

Myriam Ould-Braham

Thibault, who danced the Bluebird pas de deux in Rome in May with Ould-Braham, will be partnering Covent Garden's star ballerina, Rumanian Alina Cojocaru at a gala in Amsterdam on October 25th.


Patricia Boccadoro is the dance editor for


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