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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.

Guest Teachers


Students from Elmhurst benefit from the large number of guest teachers that teach and give masterclasses at the school throughout the year.

Teachers during 2014-15 include:
Shannon Parker Former Principal ballerina
Mikaela Polley Rehearsal Director of Rambert Ballet 
Iain Mackay Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal
Corey Baker Artistic Director of Corey Baker Dance
Carlos Pons Guerra Choreographer and Director of DeNada Dance Theatre
Ruth Brill Birmingham Royal Ballet First Artist  
Denis Bonner Birmingham Royal Ballet Répétiteur

Teachers during 2013-14 included:
Maina Gielgud Former Principal ballerina with London Festival Ballet, Artistic Director of Australian Ballet and current Vice-President of Elmhurst.
Murray and Nancy Kilgour Artistic Directors of Alberta Ballet School, USA.
Prof. Marc Spradling Former Principal dancer with Frankfurt Ballet Alessandra Pasquali Ballet Mistress of Berlin Ballet and freelance teacher.
Paul James Rooney independent choreographer and former Elmhurst student
Louise Lenihan Former West End performer.
Desmond Kelly Former Artistic Director of Elmhurst and Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet
Denis Bonner Birmingham Royal Ballet Répétiteur
Iain Mackay Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal
Jenna Roberts Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal
Tzu-Chao Chou Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist
James Barton Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist
William Bracewell Birmingham Royal Ballet First Artist
Jade Heusen Birmingham Royal Ballet Artist
Anna Monleon Birmingham Royal Ballet Artist
Laura Day Birmingham Royal Ballet Artist
Silvia Jimenez Former Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist
Andrea Tredinnick Former Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist


Teachers during 2011-12 included:
Jamie Bond, Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal
Robert Parker, Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal
Jonathan Payn, Birmingham Royal Ballet First Soloist

Silvia Jimenez Former Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist.
Denis Bonner Birmingham Royal Ballet Répétiteur


Marion Tait Birmingham Royal Ballet Assistant Director


Teachers during 2010-11 included:
Jamie Bond, Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal
Laëtitia Lo Sardo, Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist
Robert Parker, Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal
Jonathan Payn, Birmingham Royal Ballet First Soloist

Kit Holder spent time in school rehearsing students for the gala performance of Romany Wood.
Répétiteur Denis Bonner worked with Sixth Form students on Ashton’s Pas de Quatre from Swan Lake; this forms part of a performance in Tokyo this summer as part of a cultural exchange organised by International Japan Youth Ballet. Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist Lei Zhao is also a permanent member of Elmhurst's staff.


During 2009-10, guest teachers included:

Wayne Sleep, former Royal Ballet Principal
Wayne Sleep visited the school in September, while performing in Cabaret at Birmingham Repertory Theatre; he coached students in the ‘Blue boy’ solo from Les Patineurs. Wayne wrote in our visitors’ book: ‘I hope to have inspired your boys… I must say how they inspired me also with their technique and dedication’.

Matz Skoog, internationally acclaimed dancer, teacher and artistic director
Matz Skoog spent a week in school in October teaching ballet to the Sixth Form and taking an informal session on auditioning.

Paul Bayes-Kitcher, Former Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist

Nikki Wollaston
Nikki Wollaston gave a musical theatre workshop with John Rigby in September, teaching her own choreography and the song ‘The Farmer and the Cowman’ from Chichester Festival’s Oklahoma! She returned to Elmhurst in October to teach Stephen Mear’s ‘Hawaiian War Chant’ from the 2006 London Palladium production of Sinatra.

Dominic North and Chloe Wilkinson from New Adventures
Dominic North and Chloe Wilkinson led dance workshops on Dorian Gray with Sixth Form students in November.

Paul Rooney - January 2010


Above and below, Robert Parker



James Grundy


Jonathan Payn


Wayne Sleep


Lei Zhao


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