Students live in a friendly and caring community which is committed to their safety and welfare. Students receive outstanding Health & Well-being support specifically designed for dancers.
We are proud to be a world class centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers where graduating students are prepared to secure contracts with national and international ballet companies. Teachers come from successful professional dance backgrounds and teach with passion and commitment.
A student-focussed learning experience maximises each studentís potential in learning, living and dancing skills. The positive learning environment and high expectations prepare our graduates for life in the very best national and international ballet companies.
Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of ballet dancers. Students are equipped with the skills, resilience and creativity to succeed and make a difference in the professional dance world and beyond.

David Yow

RBS dip. (TCPD), LISTD, BSc (Hons) 

David was born in Liverpool and trained at both The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools. He graduated into the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1982 and relocated with the company when it became Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990. He rose to the rank of principal and went on to dance with The Cleveland/San Jose and Hong Kong Ballet companies.

He danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Coppélia, Ashton’s ‘The Dream’, The Two Pigeons, Taylor’s ‘Airs’, Jooss’ The Green Table, Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Symphony in 3 movements and Divertimento No. 15, Van Manen’s ‘5 Tangos’, Bintley’s Flowers of the Forest, Choros and Allegri Diversi, and MacMillan’s Concerto, Elite Syncopations, Quartet and La Fin Du Jour.

He created roles in The Winter Play (Burrows), Common Ground (Jackson), Caught in Time and Paramour (Lustig), Bastet (Seymour), Meridian of Youth (Redman), The picture of Dorian Gray (Deane), Dark Horizons (Hindle), Metamorphosis and Brahms Handel Variations (Bintley). 

Dame Ninette de Valois coached him in the role of the first Red Knight in Checkmate, Michael Sommes coached him as Colas in Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée and in Symphonic Variations, and sir Peter Wright cast him as The Blue Bird in his production of The Sleeping Beauty. 

He returned to the Royal Ballet School to complete their teaching diploma for professional dancers. He holds a Licentiate qualification from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, a degree in psychology from the University of London, and is studying for his Cecchetti Fellowship. He started teaching at Elmhurst School for Dance in September 2014 having previously taught at The Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, The Laban Centre, and London Studio Centre.

David has taught for the Hong Kong Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Michael Clark Companies. He regularly teachers at Easter and summer schools around the world and has regularly been invited as a member of the jury for the Asian Grand Prix, Hong Kong. In 2015 he was invited to be a member of the assessment panel at The Danish Royal Ballet School, Copenhagen. 


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