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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.
Belgian teacher Sander Blommaert is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2010, promoted to First Artist in 2015 and retiring in 2016.
Blommaert was born in Bruges and trained at the CD Dance Factory, the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and The Royal Ballet Upper School, where he was awarded the Ninette de Valois Award on graduation. Blommaert’s repertory with the Company has included Paris (Romeo and Juliet), Footman/Fish (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and roles in Obsidian Tear, Scènes de
ballet, Connectome, Voluntaries, Rhapsody, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Sylvia, The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, The Nutcracker and many more...He created a role in Woolf Works.
Blommaert’s choreography includes Les Deux, comme unand L’Autre Côté for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works and She Remembers for Maggie’s Culture Crawl. In summer 2012 he created a role in Hot House, part of One Big Stagewith Gareth Malone and the Royal Opera House Learning and Participation Department. Blommaert was part of a team from The Royal Ballet involved with an episode
of ITV’s ‘What Would Be Your Miracle’, helping a young girl who suffers from cerebral palsy achieve her dream of dancing.
Sander completed the Ballet in Education Course at the Royal Opera House / Royal Ballet School in 2013 and has been teaching since. In 2018 he has also obtained the Royal Ballet School Vocational Teachers Diploma and the Dance Development, Teaching and Learning Diploma from Trinity Laban.