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We are delighted to announce our new Vice President, Wayne McGregor CBE, Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. The appointment marks the commencement of an exciting new ongoing partnership between Elmhurst Ballet School and Studio Wayne McGregor.
McGregor is the latest to join esteemed dance luminaries: Carlos Acosta CBE, Maina Gielgud AO, Dame Merle Park DBE and Sir Peter Wright CBE as vice presidents of the School.
Studio Wayne McGregor and the School have planned a programme of activities, creating fantastic opportunities for our students to work with its artists and explore Wayne McGregor’s choreographic repertoire and process. 2018/19 saw the commencement of the partnership with the newly created Elmhurst Ballet Company, which was granted permission to perform an excerpt from Wayne McGregor's Entity. Future plans include a new work to be created with Elmhurst Ballet Company in Birmingham and London in 2020. Company Wayne McGregor dancers will also work with students from across the School, from Year 7 through to the graduate year, to create work for the School’s performance series.
Other opportunities for students to work with Studio Wayne McGregor include talks by Wayne McGregor, mentoring and buddying opportunities between upcoming graduates and Company Wayne McGregor dancers, audition preparation workshops for Upper School students, and the opportunity for Elmhurst Ballet Company members to take company class at Studio Wayne McGregor. There will also be a possibility for Elmhurst students to be involved in Studio Wayne McGregor’s professional development programmes.
“We are thrilled to welcome Wayne McGregor CBE as Elmhurst Ballet School’s Vice President. Our students will benefit immeasurably from the opportunity to work with Wayne and his company. Wayne is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost choreographers working today and this partnership marks an extraordinarily exciting time in Elmhurst’s history.”
Jessica Wheeler, Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School
“As Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet I am thrilled to contribute to the vision and future programme of Elmhurst as Vice President. The creative training of young dancers has been a career long passion. As dance companies worldwide extend their repertoire, dancers need to be equipped with new skills that offer them the best chance to succeed. Studio Wayne McGregor is delighted to contribute to this fresh horizon and looks forward to working in Birmingham which continues to flourish as a centre of excellence for all forms of dance.”
Wayne McGregor CBE