At the end of the 2016/2017 season, Birmingham Royal Ballet is able to announce the following:
Tzu-Chao Chou is promoted from First Soloist to Principal.
Delia Mathews is promoted from First Soloist to Principal.
Arancha Baselga is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.
Yasuo Atsuji is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.
Miki Mizutani is promoted from First Artist to Soloist.
Laura Day is promoted from Artist to First Artist.
Alys Shee is promoted from Artist to First Artist.
The following dancers join the company:
Elisabetta Formento, will join as an Artist from Estonian National Ballet.
Lynsey Sutherland will join as an Artist from Polish National Ballet.
Haoliang Feng, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Augustus Payne, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Harry Wright, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Brogan McKelvey, graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Hamish Scott, graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Claudia Nicholson, graduate of Royal Ballet School, will join as an Apprentice.
Jade Wallace, graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, will join as an Apprentice.
The following dancers leave the company:
After a wonderful twelve year career with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Principal dancer Joseph Caley will be leaving the Company to join English National Ballet as a principal.
Principal Jamie Bond leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after fourteen incredible years. Jamie is retiring from ballet to pursue a career in performance enhancement training for professional athletes.
First Artist Lewis Turner leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after seven years to join Staatsballett Berlin in the corps de ballet.
Artist Alexander Bird also joins Staatsballett Berlin in the corps de ballet after dancing with the Company for three years.
Artist Emily Smith leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after six years to pursue performance opportunities elsewhere.
Artist Johanne Monfret leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after completing a year-long apprenticeship.
As previously announced, William Bracewell leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after seven years. William is joining the Royal Ballet as a Soloist.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Based at Birmingham Hippodrome since 1990, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading classical ballet touring company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future.
The company’s Director is the award-winning David Bintley, CBE, Chief Executive is Jan Teo and Music Director is Koen Kessels. Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and many of the world's other leading ballet companies, including regular performances with; The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.