SEE OUR PRIDE FEEL OUR PASSION SHARE OUR VISION Patron: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
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 student’s 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.
Elmhurst and Birmingham Royal Ballet
Elmhurst is the oldest vocational dance school in the UK – its vision is to provide a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers for Birmingham Royal Ballet and other national and international dance companies.
The school was originally based in Camberley in Surrey; Birmingham Royal Ballet was one of the prime movers in Elmhurst's relocation to Birmingham in 2004. Elmhurst formally became an Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2002 and Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director, David Bintley CBE, became the school’s Artistic Advisor. In the intervening years the relationship has strengthened, and from the appointment of Desmond Kelly as Artistic Director when he retired from his post of
Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet more members of Birmingham Royal Ballet have been teaching at the school regularly.
The new school has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of professional dance training, with all facilities on one five- acre campus. This move constituted a £20 million investment in the future of dance education in the UK and Elmhurst now fills what was a conspicuous void in vocational dance training in the Midlands. In October 2005, the school was officially opened by Dame Merle Park, a former student, and Sir Peter Wright, former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Elmhurst prepares students for professional careers in ballet and allied dance genres. Students benefit greatly from the school’s association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and many students from the school have an opportunity to appear with the Company. The curriculum is geared to the future requirements of ballet companies worldwide and is taught by an international faculty of dance teachers with outstanding professional reputations.
In October 2006, following a visit to the school by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Her Royal Highness agreed to become Patron of Elmhurst. HRH The Prince of Wales is the President of Birmingham Royal Ballet.