But should we be surprised that the Spanish dancer is taking the top job at ENB? Not really. Educated, articulate and very bright, Rojo has been stretching her administrative wings for some years now, already sits on the board of Arts Council East, Dance UK and the ICA, and has long been talked about as a future director of one of our leading ballet companies.
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She said she wished she was not taking over after a 15 per cent cut in Arts Council funding but added: “I hope I have the resources and the imagination and the strength to do it.”
Ms Rojo, a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, will replace Canadian Wayne Eagling – whose departure after seven years remains shrouded in mystery – in September.
She first came to the UK 15 years ago as a dancer with the ENB, before graduating to principal dancer. ENB chairman John Talbot said: "Her reputation was initially built here, and she has maintained contacts with the organisation."