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PRESS RELEASE: English National Ballet School - Executive Director Appointment

Jan McNulty

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English National Ballet School is also thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr Jon Singleton who will be joining the School as Executive Director from July.


Jon has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management and leadership roles within the dance sector, including Chief Executive at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), Interim Deputy Director of Dance UK (now One Dance UK) and most recently Executive Director of South East Dance in Brighton. He has also served on several committees and has recently been asked to Chair an advisory panel for a leading UK Awarding Body for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sectors. 


We are delighted to have Jon join the School at this particularly exciting time as we prepare to move to our new purpose-built facility alongside English National Ballet. He will work with our Director of Dance, Carlos Valcárcel, to lead the School and create our new home in our excellent new location.


Steve Sacks, Chairman of the Board said “We are thrilled to be welcoming Jon to English National Ballet School. Jon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the sector and will help lead us to our new home in London City Island”. 



Jon Singleton said “For the last 30 years English National Ballet School has been a preeminent training centre for some the world’s most talented young ballet dancers. I am therefore delighted to be joining the School at such a pivotal moment as it prepares itself for moving into its new home at London City Island with English National Ballet in 2019”.



Notes to Editors

English National Ballet School, official school of English National Ballet



  • We are the official School of English National Ballet with one third of the Company’s dancers having graduated from the School
  • In 2019 English National Ballet School will move with English National Ballet to a purpose built home in East London
  • We offer a 3 year diploma in Professional dance accredited by Trinity College, London
  • Our current body of 72 comprises of students from 12 countries including Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, US, Italy, Spain, France, Japan
  • We are the peer of major ballet schools in France, the United States, Denmark and the UK and many of our graduated students are now working in major ballet companies worldwide
  • We audition over 300 young dancers each year from all over the world and award places purely on talent
  • We are the only Dance specialist DaDA (Dance and Drama Award) school to consistently achieve Outstanding from Ofsted since inspections began in 2002 and we maintain a strong employment record
  • Open to all without audition ENBS Juniors offer high quality, weekly ballet classes to children aged 3 – 10 years


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