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Press release: Elmhurst Ballet School in 'Awakenings' - the school's summer show programme for 2019

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Elmhurst Ballet School presents




  • Elmhurst Ballet School’s summer show programme for 2019
  • Ballet, contemporary, jazz, character and flamenco dance showcase Elmhurst students
  • Upper School students in Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty (excerpts)
  • The recently formed Elmhurst Ballet Company in Wayne McGregor’s Entity (excerpt)
  • Direct from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, alumnus James Lovell creates work for the Lower School


Media release: Monday 3 June 2019 – Today, Elmhurst Ballet School, the vocational school in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, announces details of its annual summer shows. From 5th to 11th July 2019, ‘Awakenings’ will bring to life a diverse programme of dance by world leading guest choreographers, the school’s artistic staff, and students whose talent shines in choreography as well as performance.




Elmhurst Ballet School moved from Surrey to Birmingham in 2004 and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. It is a world-renowned centre of excellence and prepares talented young dancers aged between 11 and 19 to become the thinking dance professionals of the future. The mixed programme of Lower, Upper and Whole School Awakenings shows, presented in Elmhurst’s studio theatre, will evidence this as the students perform classical ballet to cutting edge contemporary dance. Always a favourite with audiences, flamenco makes a fiery return too!


The Upper School shows include Wayne McGregor’s Entity (excerpt) performed by the very first Elmhurst Ballet Company made up of graduate students who are about to leave the school and enter professional dance companies at home and across the world. Wayne McGregor CBE, Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, is a Vice President of Elmhurst and the recent appointment marks an ongoing partnership between Elmhurst Ballet School and Studio Wayne McGregor.

More contemporary dance pieces choreographed by Daniela Cardim, Stephen Delattre and Hannah Lockyer will showcase the versatility of the young dancers, and Ana Garcia, the school’s flamenco teacher, creates a new work for students across all Upper School year groups. Creating a jazz piece for Elmhurst Ballet Company (the graduate year) is Nikki Woollaston whose choreographic credits include Anton and Erin (2015 and 2016 tours); Porgy and Bess (Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen); Ballroom to Broadway Tour (Anton Du Beke – 2014 Tour); The King’s Speech (Wyndhams Theatre & UK tour); Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre); and The King and I (UK tour).


Completing the Upper School performances will be excerpts from Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty, one of the grandest ballets ever created, with a classical score by Tchaikovsky and original choreography by Marius Petipa. Sir Peter Wright's 1984 production is acclaimed as one of the best in the world. Watch as students awaken their talents through Wright’s choreography, and with thanks to the wardrobe department of Birmingham Royal Ballet they adorn the production’s stunning tutus and costumes designed by Philip Prowse.


For the Lower School students and shows, alumnus James Lovell returns to the school to create a new work for Year 11, the final year of the Lower School. Lovell graduated from Elmhurst a year early in 2018 to join the cast of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for which he received rave reviews for his portrayal of The Prince. Elmhurst encourages its students from all year groups to create dance, and the Lower School shows will present choreography by Year 10 Ronnie Bates (Lower School Choreography Competition winner), Year 11 Olivia Chang-Clarke (David Bintley Choreographic Award and recent Phyllis Bedells Bursary Award winner) and Year 11 Serena McCall (Elmhurst Ballet School Choreographic winner, Bloch EU artist and Can You Dance UK ‘Dance Star’).


Some of the Elmhurst Young Dancers from the school’s weekend classes will perform during the Lower School show on Sunday 7th July at 2pm.


The Whole School come together in four performances during the summer run of shows, giving audiences an opportunity to see the impressive range of choreography on offer including the works by Peter Wright, Wayne McGregor, Daniela Cardim and Stephen Delattre.


The shows would not be possible without the artistic staff at Elmhurst Ballet School who also create work for Awakenings: Denise Whiteman; Ana Garcia; Sander Blommaert; Gloria Grigolato; James Grundy; Michael Ho; Silvia Jimenez; Hannah Lockyer; Nicky Linzie; Jenny MacNamara; Sarah Moore; Lee Robinson; Judith Rowann; and Andrea Tredinnick.



Elmhurst Ballet School presents ‘Awakenings’ listings information:



Friday 5th July at 7pm: UPPER SCHOOL Performance (ON GENERAL SALE 11 June)


Saturday 6th July at 2pm & 7pm: WHOLE SCHOOL Performance (ON GENERAL SALE 11 June)




Sunday 7th July at 7pm: WHOLE SCHOOL Performance (ON GENERAL SALE 11 JUNE)


Tuesday 9th July: VIP NIGHT not for GENERAL SALE - selected programme as follows:

Lower School ballet piece by Tutors of the Lower School

Elmhurst Ballet Company jazz piece by Nikki Woollaston

Elmhurst Ballet Company contemporary piece by Daniela Cardim

Upper School flamenco piece by Ana Garcia

Elmhurst Ballet Company in Entity (excerpt) by Wayne McGregor

Year 13 (Upper School) Contemporary piece by Stephen Delattre

Upper School in The Sleeping Beauty (excerpts)

Whole School in the Grand Defilé

(Please note: Content and running order is subject to change)


Thursday 11th July at 7pm: WHOLE SCHOOL Performance (ON GENERAL SALE 11 JUNE)


Tickets: https://elmhurstballetschool.eventbrite.co.uk/


Please note, all performances take place in Elmhurst Ballet School’s Studio Theatre, 249 Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UH


Running times for all performances is approximately 2 hours (includes one interval)


Elmhurst Ballet School is based in Edgbaston, Birmingham and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023. It 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. It is enhanced by opportunities to work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, visiting choreographers and dance artists.


www.elmhurstdance.co.uk  Twitter: @elmhurstdance // Instagram: @elmhurstballetschool // Facebook: Elmhurst Ballet School


Photo credit: Elmhurst Ballet Company – Ryan Felix and Francesca Hardwick in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ excerpt. Andrew Ross

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