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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.
Annual Choreographic Competition showcased bold performances and original ideas
The Elmhurst Choreographic Competition was once again a huge success and demonstrated the creative talents of our students. From 41 entries across the school, 16 were selected for the final competition and the standard of choreography was exceptionally high. This was remarked upon by our guest adjudicators Edward Watson MBE, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, and Kerrey Nicholls, Artistic Director of Kerry Nicholls Dance Company, who not only expressed their admiration of the young
choreographers, but of the technical and artistic quality of the dancers.
The Lower School Judges’ Award went to Diaphanous choreographed by Olivia Chang- Clarke, Year 10. The Lower School Audience Award went jointly to Nine Internal Thoughts choreographed by Amber Meehan and Serena McCall, Year 10, and The First Steps choreographed by Scarlett Brass, Year 8.
The Upper School Judges’ Award went to Primus choreographed by Lorena Hardwick. Whilst the Upper School Audience Award went to VJ Day 1945 choreographed by James Lovell, Year 13. Unfortunately, David Bintley had to send apologies due to work commitments, however in his place, the prestigious David Bintley Choreographic Prize was awarded by Marion Tait OBE, Assistant Artistic Director Birmingham Royal Ballet, also to Lorena Hardwick, Year 13, for
her neo-classical piece Primus, based on the early stages of evolutionary development, showcasing animalistic behaviour through movement.
All the Judges thoroughly enjoyed the competition remarking on how talented the students are and encouraged them to seize every choreographic opportunity they can.
Many thanks must go to the Friends for providing the prizes for the competition (Richard Close, Corps Supporter) and to the committee for providing the prizes and running the raffle which raised £271 for the students 'extras'. Congratulations to all the winners!