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.

James Grundy


Born in Dunstable, James trained at Elmhurst School of Ballet and Central School of Ballet. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1997; he was promoted to First Artist in 2000, and to Soloist in 2002. His repertory includes Hilarion (Giselle), Benno (Swan Lake), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Alain (La Fille mal gardée), Will Mossop, Albert Prosser (Hobson's Choice), Monsieur Cochon, Bailiff (Beauty and the Beast), Red Dragon, Kay (Arthur), Warwick (Edward II), First Red Knight (Checkmate), Moondog, Signor Midas (The Lady and the Fool), 'Feuilles mortes', 'Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq.' (Brouillards), Texas Kangaroo Rat ('Still Life' at the Penguin Café), Hamlet, Bottom (The Shakespeare Suite), Ivan, Floreador (The Nutcracker Sweeties), Aristeus (The Orpheus Suite), Hapi (The Sons of Horus), Troyte Griffith, Meath Baker (Enigma Variations), 'Friday Night', 'The Golden Hours' (Elite Syncopations), pas de quatre (Five Tangos), Second movement, Fourth movement (Western Symphony), Sailor (Fancy Free), Solitaire, In the Upper Room, Monotones II, The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty. In 2011 he left the Company to teach at Elmhurst.

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