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Urdang Academy principal steps down after 34 years

Stephanie Pope is retiring as principal of London's Urdang Academy Stephanie Pope is retiring as principal of London's Urdang Academy
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Stephanie Pope is to step down as principal of Urdang Academy in London after 34 years.

Rob Archibald, Lynsey McDougall, Nathan James and Yvette Curtin will become new co-principals of the performing arts institution when Pope retires at the end of the academic year.

College director Craig Phillips will take on the newly created role of managing director.

Pope, who started at Urdang as head of students, is retiring from the academy to spend time with her family, who are based in the USA.

Chief executive Solange Urdang said: “It saddens me to see Miss Pope leave. She was my ballet teacher when I was training and held my hand when I took over from my late mother [to lead the college]. I can’t imagine how many lives she has changed, mine being just one of them.”

Philips said: “I am honoured and excited to shape the future of the one of the UK’s best vocational performing arts institutions.

“Along with the chief executive and new co-principals, I am very certain that Urdang will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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