Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Karla Doorbar trained at the Jenny Brennan School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School. She was a finalist at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition and was awarded the Dame Ninette de Valois award on graduating from the Royal Ballet School. She danced in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker with The Royal Ballet. She joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2011 and was promoted to First Artist in 2015.
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Chickens, Peasant) and Façade ('Polka')
George Balanchine: Serenade
David Bintley: Beauty and the Beast (Birds), Cinderella ('Spring'), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Great Auk, Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunk Flea), Aladdin ('Pearl', 'Sapphire') and The Prince of the Pagodas, and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle (Wilis)
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Sweetheart) and Card Game (Two of Diamonds)
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate (Red Pawn)
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Clara, Mirlitons, Flowers, Snowflakes) and The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Song, pas de quatre) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Cygnets, Swans)
Mathias's Desert Island Discs
In the run up to the world premiere of The Tempest, we spoke to choreographer David Bintley and the dancers creating the lead roles in his magical new ballet. Here Mathias Dingman (Ariel) shares the Desert Island Discs he'd want were he to be stranded on Prospero's magical isle.
Iain's Desert Island Discs
In the run up to the world premiere of The Tempest, we spoke to choreographer David Bintley and the dancers creating the lead roles in his magical new ballet. Here Iain Mackay (Prospero) shares the Desert Island Discs he'd want with him if he was truly the lord of Shakespeare's mystical isle.
Meet Marlo, our Dance Track graduate
Dance Track works with 30 primary schools and more than 2,500 children in Birmingham, identifying those with the potential to be the ballet dancers of the future. Read about one of our participants who has recently accepted a place at Elmhurst School for Dance.