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Press Release: New CEOs for bbodance


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PRESS RELEASE

 

For immediate release — 28/10/2021

 

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Robin Bloor, Julie Bowers, and Fiona Knower © bbodance 

 

bbodance to welcome new leadership
as CEO steps down

 

Longstanding bbodance CEO, Robin Bloor is set to be succeeded by joint CEOs Julie Bowers and Fiona Knower at the end of January 2022.

Formerly known as the British Ballet Organization (BBO), bbodance is a 90-year-old dance awarding body with teachers and students around the world.

Julie Bowers is currently the organisation's Director of Artistic Development; Fiona Knower, Head of Operations, has worked closely with Robin for the past ten years. Both were appointed by the bbodance 
Board of Trustees.

Initially a bbodance Trustee, Robin has been a supporter of dance for more than 20 years. He took over as CEO upon the retirement of beloved dancer and teacher, John Travis, and spearheaded the modernisation, rebrand, and relocation of bbodance to Battersea to revitalise it for new generations of dancers. 

"Our historic organisation continues to modernise due to the love and devotion of all its officers, staff and members. 
People are truly our greatest asset and I'm delighted that, at the end of Robin's industrious tenure, the torch will pass to two exceptional colleagues," stated Nic Espinosa, bbodance Chairman.
 

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About Robin Bloor

Robin Bloor became a bbodance Trustee in 2006, when the organisation was still based at its historic headquarters in Barnes. Robin shortly joined the dancer and teacher John Travis as CEO. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, he moved the organisation to Battersea Reach in October 2015, a location that he discovered. The new headquarters started out as an empty shell of concrete that was fitted to accommodate the growing organisation. During Robin's tenure, bbodance saw a refresh of its historic brand, the addition of new syllabiincluding the very popular Musical Theatre—a complete overhaul of its courses, amazing additions to the bbodance team, including Julie Bowers—and increasing engagement from important names in the world of dance such as Sir David Bintley and Craig Revel Horwood. Robin is particularly proud of how the bbodance team responded to the huge demands placed on the organisation as a result of the pandemic and, even as he steps down, looks forward to seeing it progress in the future!
 

About Julie Bowers

Julie Bowers BA Hons ARAD RT bbodance, bbodance Examiner trained in the bbodance Classical Ballet syllabus at a bbodance school in Staffordshire. After being on the organisation's scheme for talented students, the bbodance Scholars, she progressed to Elmhurst Ballet School, where she was the first-ever Head Girl, and the Royal Ballet Upper School. Julie subsequently became a professional dancer with The Royal Ballet and appeared in Serenade, Consort Lessons, David Bintley's Still Life at Penguin Café, and many other productions. After retiring in 1991, Julie pursued a BA Joint Honours degree in International History and American Studies and taught at Northern Ballet School and The Hammond School (Deputy Head of Dance). Subsequently, at the Royal Academy of Dance, Julie created the very successful RAD Associate Scheme now running throughout the UK, Europe, and Canada, and the Genée Dance Challenge, a competition now held in the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. In recognition of her work during the pandemic, Julie has recently been shortlisted for the OneDance UK People's Choice Award 2021. Get in touch  Julie Bowers LinkedIn
 

About Fiona Knower

Fiona has been with bbodance since January 2011, when the organisation was run from Woolborough House in Barnes; she has been Head of Operations since 2014. Having worked closely with John Travis and Robin Bloor, Fiona has grown to know all areas of the organisation and a great many of its members and students on a personal level. She looks forward to meeting many of our new members from around the world! With an academic background in English Literature and Performing Arts, Fiona has worked in the arts for nearly 15 years. Prior to this, she was a department manager in Harrods from the tender age of 22, where she honed skills in project management, human resources, and customer service. Fiona is dedicated to improving the experience of our members and has been very excited to contribute to our incredible growth during the past few years. She is excited to see what the next ten years bring and what we can continue to achieve as a team! Get in touch Julie Bowers LinkedIn
 

About bbodance

Founded in 1930 by Edouard Espinosa and formerly known as the British Ballet Organization (BBO), bbodance is an international dance awarding organisation headquartered in London, UK. We provide Ofqual-recognised syllabi and examinations in Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap, teacher training, and inspiring events. bbodance Patrons include Craig Revel Horwood, Brenda Last OBE, and Brandon Lawrence.

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