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Iain Mackay stepping down as Director of Yorkshire Ballet Seminars to join Royal Ballet School

Jan McNulty

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Today Yorkshire Ballet Seminars is announcing that Iain Mackay, our Director for the last five years, will be stepping down to take a role with the Royal Ballet School as its new International Artistic Manager.  Iain has agreed to run both the Easter and Summer 2022 residential courses for YBS, as well as the YBS pop up sessions during that period.  
Charles Glanville the Chair of YBS has stated : “We are thrilled that Iain has been offered such an exciting and important new role with the Royal Ballet School.  He will be greatly missed at YBS.  Iain has transformed YBS during his tenure as director.  He added extra weeks to the summer residential, an Easter residential and pop ups, while maintaining YBS’s core value to its students and the dance training world here in the UK.  Iain successfully lead YBS as well through the challenges of lockdown and COVID.”
YBS will begin the process of recruiting Iain’s replacement as director of YBS in the new year. As much as we are sad that Iain will be leaving us, we are fully supporting this next chapter for Iain.

Iain will leave YBS in an excellent place and we will continue to deliver our key values, to Inspire – Refresh – Nuture the dancers of the future.

Thank you for everything you have done for YBS throughout your time as Director. Thank you for your passion , dedication and commitment to the job.




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Although doesn’t it add more grist to the mill of dissatisfaction with the RBS obsession of International recruitment of Iain is taking what looks like a newly created role of International Artistic Manager. Absolutely I’m sure a great career move (& sad loss for YBS) but it does concern me that our National lead ballet school is looking yet more to be overseas & should the UK government funding & philanthropic gifting really be being spent this way when UK talent is increasingly looked over??? 
Just my thoughts….

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