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Elmhurst School for Dance appoints new Artistic Director
02 February 2004
Elmhurst School for Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet's associated Dance School and the oldest in the UK, today announced the appointment of Mary Goodhew as its new Artistic Director.
Currently Ballet Principal of The Royal Ballet School's Lower School - White Lodge, Mary Goodhew will join Elmhurst School for Dance for the opening of its new, state of the art facility when it opens in Birmingham in the Autumn 2004. Prior to joining the faculty of the Royal Ballet School, Miss Goodhew has previously held senior management positions in other leading dance schools in the UK and at the National Ballet School of Canada.
Whilst a student at The Royal Ballet School she danced extensively with The Royal Ballet and upon her graduation joined Sadlerís Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) touring widely in the UK and Overseas.
Miss Goodhew praised the vision and determination of the Schoolís Governors, David Bintley and Birmingham Royal Ballet, the DfES and Birmingham City Council, who together made this dream of a vocational ballet school a reality. Whilst creating an international centre of excellence she believes the school will also benefit the local community and that the people of the region will take Elmhurst to their hearts.
David Bintley, Director of BRB and Artistic Advisor to Elmhurst, said:
'I am delighted that Mary Goodhew with her experience, knowledge and history of working with BRB has agreed to accept the position of Elmhurst's new Artistic Director upon the school's relocation to Birmingham. I believe Mary will make a valued contribution to what is already an established and successful school and look forward to working with her in creating the school that BRB has always longed for.'
Elmhurst's new five-acre site in Edgbaston will include a purpose built, complex with new academic facilities plus a 200- seat studio theatre, seven large dance studios, a dedicated exercise centre, a theatre workshop and first class onsite boarding accommodation. The new Site for the school in Birmingham is due to open in autumn 2004.
The School's website can be found at www.elmhurstdance.co.uk
For further press information please contact:
Simon Harper, Media and PR Manager, on 0121 245 3562; Email: SimonHarper@brb.org.uk
or Claire Lishman, Media and PR Officer, on 0121 245 3549 Email: ClaireLishman@brb.org.uk
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