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  1. Comments on the gala performances on this thread please:
  2. Links - Saturday 18 January, 2020 Obituary - Anthony Crickmay, dance photographer: Times Obituary - Harold King, AD London City Ballet: Telegraph Review - San Francisco Ballet, Spellbound gala, San Francisco: Leslie Katz, SF Examiner Review - Royal Danish Ballet, Ballo della Regina, August 2.0, Raymonda Act 3, The Hubbery, Copenhagen: Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times Preview Feature - Dutch National Ballet, Frida, Amsterdam: Nina Siegal, NY Times Live Screening Review - Royal Ballet, Sleeping Beauty: Aliya Al-Hassan, Broadway World Review - Gregory Maqoma, Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro, New York: Apollinaire Scherr, FT Diaries - Three of the best dance shows in the UK this week: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian (scroll down) Dance in the UK this week: Debra Craine, Times (scroll way down) Dance in LA this week: Matt Cooper, LA Times Feature - International Association of Blacks in Dance festival and conference: Peter Crimmins, WHYY Review - Stephanie Lake, Colossus, Sydney: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald Feature - Eliidh Mellis, Sydney Morning Herald Preview - Scottish Ballet, This is my body (double bill), London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper Review - Fleur Elise Noble, Rooman, London: Anna Winter, Stage Preview Feature - Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Wizard of Oz, Ottawa: Lynn Saxberg, Miner & News Review - Cirque du Soleil, Luzia, London: Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide Review - Strictly Come Dancing, The Live Tour, Birmingham: Rachel Ward, Telegraph
  3. I’d like to see them revive Onegin - it as a performance of that ballet that “converted “ me to being a devoted ballet-watcher. I’d rather see ENB do it than RB. Etudes too. Christopher Bruce’s Symphony in 3 Movements
  4. I was very saddened today to hear of the death of Derek Fowlds. I only ever saw him on TV but thought him both a fine comic actor with a superb sense of timing and also excellent in straight dramas. For me, though, my abiding memory is of him as Mr Derek in the Basil Brush show. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/17/derek-fowlds-obituary
  5. Links - Friday 17 January, 2020 Feature - Kate Prince, choreographer of Message in a Bottle: Debra Craine, Times Diary - 4 dance performances to see in NYC this weekend: Brian Schaefer, NY Times Preview - Alina Cojocaru at Sadler’s Wells, London: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper P/review - Yang Liping, The Rite of Spring, Moscow: Neria Barr, Jerusalem Post Play Preview - Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act, London: Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle Reviews - Cirque du Soleil, Luzia, London: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Neil Norman, Stage Nick Curtis, Standard Richard Maguire, Reviews Hub Resolution 2020, London: Review - First 2 programmes: Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk
  6. Hello Tokyo Ballerina and welcome to the Forum!
  7. I was at the cinema in Liverpool this evening. I'm not really keen on this production (my favourite being SPW's for BRB) but I did enjoy the performance overall. I much prefer Lilac to be a non-dancing role - I think it makes for a better balance with the evilness of Carabosse and it needs someone with a very strong stage presence too. I thought Fumi Kaneko was a glorious Aurora and Federico Bonelli her perfect Prince. The gpdd caused me to have a bout of hay fever it was just so lovely. I loved the interaction between the two of them and the way they sort of melted into each other. I loved the Naghdi/Ball Bluebird and the pas de trois. Puss and Red Riding Hood do absolutely nothing for me at all but I thought they were both very well performed. To sum up - a very enjoyable performance that I am glad I went to the cinema to see.
  8. I hope you can make it ... they are fabulous together in Swan Lake (well anything really). They are now the senior members of Birmingham Royal Ballet and we should cherish every opportunity to see them.
  9. Hello Mrsmac and welcome to the Forum!
  10. The casting is on BRB's website for the whole of the Spring Tour of Swan Lake!!! https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/swan-lake?utm_source=brb-facebook&utm_medium=post-video-casting&utm_campaign=swanlake-brb-tour#dates-and-times
  11. Alina Cojocaru Alina at Sadler’s Wells Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 February Tickets: £15 - £85 Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com "Is there a ballerina today held in more widespread affection than Alina Cojocaru?" New York Times Alina Cojocaru lead principal dancer with Sadler’s Wells Associate Company English National Ballet and resident guest artist with Hamburg Ballet, curates and performs in a new programme of classical and contemporary works from Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 February. The celebrated Romanian ballerina is joined on stage by special guests, including Danish ballet star Johan Kobborg, whose “uncanny synchronicity” (Financial Times) with Cojocaru has marked out their partnership as one of ballet’s great collaborations. The programme features both newly created pieces and existing classics, including Sir Frederick Ashton’s iconic Marguerite and Armand and Les Lutins with choreography by Johan Kobborg. New work includes Reminiscence with choreography by Tim Rushton and music by Arvo Pärt; and a world premiere: Journey with choreography by Juliano Nunes and music by Luke Howard. The programme will also include a specially commissioned film by Kim Brandstrup, as well as an excerpt from his 2018 film Faces. Alina Cojocaru is a lead principal dancer with Sadler’s Associate Company English National Ballet, and a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. Cojocaru was born in Bucharest and joined the Bucharest Ballet School aged nine. She entered the Romanian State Ballet School and participated in a student exchange programme with the Kiev Ballet School, where she trained until her Prix de Lausanne scholarship took her to The Royal Ballet School in 1997. Cojocaru’s numerous awards include the Danza&Danza Award for Best Dancer 2019, Outstanding Female Classical Performance at the Critics’ Circle Dance Awards in both 2018 and 2017 for her performances as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and as Giselle in Akram Khan’s production. Further awards include Dance for You Magazine’s Best Dancer Award 2014; the 2014 Taglioni-European Ballet Award for Best Female Dancer; and German Dance Critics’ Award for Dancer of the Year in 2012. Some of Alina’s most acclaimed roles include Giselle, Julie in Liliom, Marguerite Gautier in The Lady of the Camellias, Tatiana in Onegin and Manon. Cojocaru’s charity work includes hosting two gala performances in 2008 and 2013 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in support of the charity Hospices of Hope, a palliative care charity dedicated to improving the life of the terminally ill in Romania and surrounding countries. -ENDS- Listing information: Alina Cojocaru Alina at Sadler’s Wells Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN Performances Thu - Sat at 7:30pm, Sat at 2:30pm, Sun at 4pm Tickets: £15-£85 Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com Notes to Editors ABOUT SADLER’S WELLS Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With a rich theatrical heritage of over three centuries, it offers a year-round programme of performances and learning activities. Our mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three London theatres each year, with many more enjoying our touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world and accessing our content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, we have helped to bring over 170 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving our 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a range of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through our learning and engagement programmes. Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, our new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre. www.sadlerswells.com
  12. I've seen that Taxi but the couple of times I have noticed ladies wearing hats because of hair loss they have been discrete hats and I can't see that they would have impeded anyone and they certainly didn't mine.
  13. Links - Thursday 16 January, 2020 Obituary - Anthony Crickmay, dance photographer: The Place Preview Feature - When Pina Bausch made Tanz into Tanztheater (Bluebeard): Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times News - Michelle Dorrance will turn Jacob’s Pillow 2020 into a forest of tappers: Peter Libbey, NY Times Preview Feature - Shanghai Ballet, Swan Lake (Deane), New York: John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox Review - Ockham’s Razor, This Time, London: Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance Review - Fleur Elise Noble, Rooman, London: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Review - DELIRIOUS Dances/Edisa Weeks, 3 RITES: Liberty, New York: Susanna Sloat, DanceTabs News - Brooklyn Ballet to make multi-cultural Pas de Quatre: News Desk, Boradway World Preview Feature - Linda Austin, a world, a world, Portland: Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Arts Watch Photo Feature - Frantic Assembly at 25: Various photographers, Guardian
  14. I've just come across this on a google search... https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Carrie-Hope-Fletcher-Pens-Ballet-Shoes-Inspired-Childrens-Book-20200115 "Carrie Hope Fletcher Pens 'Ballet Shoes' Inspired Children's Book"
  15. PRESS RELEASE 15 January 2020 BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S WEEKEND WITH A ROMANTIC FLOURISH OF EXQUISITE ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS AND PAS DE DEUX Birmingham Royal Ballet and its internationally acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia led by Principal Conductor Paul Murphy, present an exquisite evening of romance with A Valentine’s Celebration of Music and Dance this February. Birmingham Royal Ballet Director Carlos Acosta will introduce the company from the stage of Birmingham’s magnificent Symphony Hall on Friday 14 February 2020, and on Saturday 15 February 2020 the company and Royal Ballet Sinfonia will perform together for the first time at Warwick Arts Centre. Birmingham Royal Ballet offers an elegant pairing of music and dance over this year’s Valentine’s weekend; a perfect matchmaking of its world-class dancers performing sumptuous pas de deux from the romantic classical canon, including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote and a world premiere of choreography by First Soloist Kit Holder, along with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Britain’s most prolific ballet orchestra, performing stunning orchestral highlights from Puccini, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Valentine’s Day will mark Carlos Acosta’s first public appearance as Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, as he takes to the stage at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in conversation with the night’s compere, BBC One’s Midlands Today Presenter, Nick Owen (Good Morning with Anne and Nick). Birmingham Royal Ballet will visit Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre for the first time, with A Valentine’s Celebration of Music and Dance on Saturday 15 February. This second night of performances will be compered by Dr Ranj Singh, This Morning Doctor in Residence (and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant), who previously presented a live broadcast from Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of BBC Arts and One Dance UK’s #DancePassion festival in April last year. PROGRAMME: Gershwin: Girl Crazy Overture Tchaikovsky/ Petipa: Swan Lake Act III (White Swan) Pas de Deux and coda Cast: Samara Downs & Yasuo Atsuji Prokofiev: Waltz and Midnight Act II from Cinderella Reade/ Bintley: Far from the Madding Crowd swordplay Pas de Deux Cast: Delia Mathews & Tyrone Singleton Rodgers/ Bennett: Oklahoma selection Messager/ Ashton: The Two Pigeons pas de deux Cast: Maureya Lebowitz & Max Maslen INTERVAL Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin Grieg/ Holder: Piano Concerto and The Breath We Took (World Premier) Cast: Céline Gittens & Brandon Lawrence Rosanna Ely, Alys Shee, Alexander Yap, Haoliang Feng Puccini: Manon Lescaut Intermezzo Prokofiev/ MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet balcony Pas de Deux Cast: Yaoqian Shang & César Morales Lehár: The Merry Widow Overture Minkus/ Petipa: Don Quixote Pas de Deux and Solos Cast: Momoko Hirata & Mathias Dingman - ENDS - LISTINGS INFORMATION: A Valentine’s Celebration of Music and Dance 14 – 15 February 2020 Birmingham Symphony Hall Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA; 0121 780 3333 thsh.co.uk/ Friday 14 February 2020, 7.30pm Tickets from £15.50 Conductor: Paul Murphy Compere: Nick Owen Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL; 024 7652 4524 warwickartscentre.co.uk/ Saturday 15 February 2020, 7.30pm Tickets from £15.50 Conductor: Paul Murphy Compere: Dr Ranj Singh NOTES TO EDITORS: Birmingham Royal Ballet Based at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading touring ballet company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future. The company’s Director from January 2020 is the internationally renowned Carlos Acosta. Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and other leading ballet companies, including performances with; The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.
  16. Links - Wednesday 15 January, 2020 Obituary - Donato Ferrer, founding member of Singapore Dance Theatre: Hannah Bock, Straits Times Review - English National Ballet, Le Corsaire, London: GJ Dowler, Classical Source Preview - Royal Ballet, The Cellist, London: Helena Asprou, Classic FM News - National Ballet of Canada brings The Sleeping Beauty to Royal Opera House: Anya Wassenberg, Ludwig van Toronto Review - Suresnes Cités Danse 2020, opening programme, Paris: Laura Cappelle, FT Feature - Gregory Maqoma, choreographer: Brian Seibert, NY Times News - Dance Theater of Harlem awarded its biggest grant yet: Peter Libbey, NY Times Review - Suguru Yamamoto, The Unknown Dancer in the Neighbourhood, New York: Joel Benjamin, Theater Scene Review - American Dance Platform 2020, New York: Sheila Kogan, Theater Scene Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Carne Viva Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater, mixed programme Feature - Alain Juelg, Australian Ballet: Ron Cerabona, Canberra Times Review - Ballet Philippines, Cinderella, Manila: Tats Rejante Manahan, Philippines Inquirer
  17. Short notice but I've just picked this up via twitter: https://northernballet.com/academy/masterclasses-in-grimsby
  18. Sadler’s Wells announces a new cohort of Young Associates for 2020-2021 Sadler’s Wells today announces the names of four young choreographers as part of the second intake of the Young Associates programme for young choreographers aged 18-24 years. Olive Hardy, Vidya Patel, John-William Watson and Magnus Westwell will be supported by Sadler’s Wells for two years. The Young Associates programme supports Sadler’s Wells mission to nurture the next generation of talent. It was launched in February 2018 and supports early career choreographers, deepening their understanding of their own artistic practice, whilst gaining valuable insight into dance production. The initiative provides a crucial first step into their career as choreographers. The artists receive a tailored programme of professional development and support, including the opportunity to present their work as part of the Sadler’s Wells artistic programme. London born and Bristol raised, Olive Hardy started dancing for Rise Youth Dance and performed with the company for most of her young adulthood, under the direction of Helen Wilson. Her training began at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and she graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2019. She performed in works made by celebrated choreographers Samir Kennedy, Leila McMillan, Rick Nodine and Seke Chimutengwende. Olive enjoys working with people who dance because they are fascinating, often brilliant, smart and kind. She makes dance with these people, and hopes that when others watch, this resonates and that something is felt. Vidya Patel is a Birmingham based Dance Artist with training background in Kathak learning from Guru Sujata Banerjee. After graduating from the South Asian Strand at Centre of Advanced Training Dance programme, Vidya represented the South Asian Category in the Grand Finals of the inaugural BBC Young Dancer 2015 at Sadler’s Wells. She has since performed in international touring works created by critically acclaimed artists Sir Richard Alston, Gary Clarke, Thick & Tight and Akademi, as well as collaborating with artists including Shammi Pithia and Connor Scott, with commissions by Sampad Arts. She is currently an Associate Artist at Déda and a member of Aakash Odedra 2. Whilst continuing her Indian classical dance training she hopes to continue to collaborate with the wider dance industry and continue to develop her own choreographic and individual practice. Born in Leeds, John-William Watson began his training at Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Youth Academy and CAPA College. During this time he was also a member of the National Youth Dance Company for two years; under the artistic direction of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Michael Keegan-Dolan. He then moved Belgium to study at The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where he was the Wild Card contemporary finalist in the BBC Young Dancer 2017 competition. Since graduating in 2019, John-William has been working as a freelance dancer and maker in Belgium. Now, back in the UK, he is following his own creative path within the world of absurd and often comedic dance theatre. Scottish-born interdisciplinary artist, Magnus Westwell, is a graduate of The Dance School of Scotland and Rambert School, where he was the recipient of a scholarship from the Veronica Bruce Memorial Trust, administered by Scottish Ballet. He has choreographed and produced work which has been performed at venues across Europe - his most recent commissions have been shown at ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event), The Lowry, The Silver Building, King's College Chapel and on BBC4. Magnus is currently the resident choreographer with multi-media collective, ‘SYNTREX’, which works at the intersection between experimental music, movement, and visual art. Alongside playing live violin with artists such as ‘illyr’ and ‘Malthus’, Magnus also creates and mixes his own music, drawing inspiration from his background in traditional Scottish and left-field electronic music. Sadler’s Wells is delighted to announce this new group of Young Associates following the success of the work of the previous cohort. Anthony Matsena, Wilhelmina Ojanen, Ruby Portus and Christopher Thomas’ work was presented on stage in the Lilian Baylis Studio in October 2018, and on the Sadler’s Wells main stage in July 2019. All continue to work on exciting upcoming projects, adding their talents to a new artistic generation. NOTES TO EDITORS About Sadler’s Wells Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With a rich theatrical heritage of over three centuries, it offers a year-round programme of performances and learning activities. Our mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three London theatres each year, with many more enjoying our touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world and accessing our content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, we have helped to bring over 170 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving our 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a range of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through our learning and engagement programmes. Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, our new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre. www.sadlerswells.com
  19. Links - Tuesday 14 January, 2020 Review - English National Ballet, Le Corsaire, London: Louise Levene, FT Review - Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, The Red Shoes, London: Gabriel Wilding, Hackney Citizen Feature - 2019 Dance Highlights from New Zealand: Jennifer Shennan, ... on dancing Book Review - James Klosty, Merce Cunningham Redux: Melissa Harris, NY Review of Books Review - Sean Dorsey Dance, Boys in Trouble, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times News Feature - Paris Opera Ballet dancers on strike: Madison Mainwaring, NY Times Preview - Ballet Arizona, The Four Seasons, Phoenix: Staff, Az Big Media Film with a bit of dance feature - Choreographing for Little Women: Karla Peterson, LA Times
  20. Hello In at the deep end and welcome to the Forum!
  21. The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham on 22 January 2020 Media release: Monday 13 January 2020 – The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Elmhurst Ballet School, the vocational school in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, on 22 January 2020. Her Royal Highness has been Patron of Elmhurst since 2006 and this will be her fourth visit to the Edgbaston based school. Her Royal Highness will be received by the Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Mr John Crabtree OBE, and introduced to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mohammed Azim, and his consort Lady Mayoress Bushra Bi, Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School Jessica Wheeler, and the school’s Chair of Governors Mr Daniel Howard. Her Royal Highness will observe a Year 7 ballet class, watch a performance in the school’s studio theatre and take a short tour of Elmhurst’s state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Centre. The Health and Wellbeing Centre, in development the last time Her Royal Highness visited the school in 2014, was officially opened in 2016 by Carlos Acosta, international ballet star and new Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. The centre offers a wide range of services and facilities, including a purpose built physiotherapy and exercise suite. Run by a dedicated team, the centre includes specialists in paediatric and emergency nursing, dance injury prevention and management support, performance enhancement coaching, counselling services, and access to The Young Performers’ Health Trust Scheme, a bespoke healthcare provision for elite dance students, pioneered by the school. Her Royal Highness will meet a number of school representatives, including: Head Boy Bradley Howell from Devon, and Head Girl Maddie Irwin from Cheshire, both currently Upper School students in their penultimate year of training; Annelli Peavot, Assistant Principal responsible for Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding; and Nico Kolokythas, the school’s award-winning Performance Enhancement Coach and a University of Wolverhampton PhD candidate who continues to conduct pioneering studies to challenge attitudes and approaches to ballet training, and dance injury prevention and management strategies. Jessica Wheeler, Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School, said: “It is always a great pleasure to welcome Her Royal Highness, a long-standing supporter of Elmhurst, to Birmingham and the school. On behalf of all our students and staff, we are thrilled Her Royal Highness has included a visit to the school in her busy schedule. Since Her Royal Highness’s last visit we have continued to work hard to retain our place at the forefront of ballet education and training, ensuring our students leave us with the very best chances to succeed in a professional dance life. We look forward to sharing our latest news with our wonderful Patron.” -ENDS- Notes: This will be The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourth official visit to Elmhurst Ballet School. The Duchess of Cornwall last visited the school in 2006, 2009 and 2014. The Duchess of Cornwall has been Patron of Elmhurst Ballet School since September 2006. Elmhurst Ballet School will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023. The school opened in Camberley, Surrey in 1923 and relocated to Edgbaston in Birmingham in 2004. Elmhurst Ballet School is a world-renowned centre of excellence in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet and prepares talented young dancers aged between 11 and 19 to become the thinking dance professionals of the future. The school nurtures individuality through a holistic approach to training, education and health, which helps students to become independent, collaborative and versatile artists, ready to take their professional places on the world stage. Elmhurst’s dance training is of the highest quality and is delivered by current and former dance professionals. This training is enhanced by opportunities to work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, visiting choreographers and dance artists. Elite but not elitist, Elmhurst believes that talent is classless and its exceptional training opportunities should be available to young dancers regardless of their financial, social or cultural backgrounds. Whilst Elmhurst is an independent school, typically some 80% of students benefit from Government support to train at the school. The school’s latest Vice President, Wayne McGregor CBE, is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. The appointment marks an ongoing partnership between the school and Studio Wayne McGregor. The school’s other Vice Presidents are: Carlos Acosta CBE; Maina Gielgud AO; Dame Merle Park DBE; and Sir Peter Wright CBE. Performance Enhancement Coach, Nico Kolokythas, received the esteemed International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Dance Educator Award 2019, acknowledging his work and research in the field of dance science and education. Kolokythas has been working in sports science for over ten years and moved into dance science research in 2015 when he was first engaged by Elmhurst Ballet School through a partnership with University of Wolverhampton. He undertook a PhD in Dance Science under the supervision of Matt Wyon, Professor in Dance Science at University of Wolverhampton. He has been disseminating his PhD research findings over the last few years, including 11+ Dance, an injury prevention and management strategy. Elmhurst’s Young Dancers Programme includes 280 young people, from Year 4 upwards who are engaged in weekend lessons in Birmingham, Manchester, Sunderland and Plymouth. In addition, Elmhurst now works with approximately 500 young people in local Birmingham state schools each year through dance workshops and lecture demonstrations to widen the reach of ballet as a leisure activity or potential profession. Photography credit: Elmhurst Ballet Company in ‘Paquita’ excerpt. Photography Andy Ross
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