Choreographer Wayne McGregor has been appointed vice president of Elmhurst Ballet School, cementing a relationship with the college that will see his company create new work with its students.
The Birmingham dance school will enter into an ongoing partnership with McGregor’s company, Studio Wayne McGregor, as a result of his appointment as vice president. He is one of several dance figures given the title, including Carlos Acosta and veteran dancer Merle Park.
The choreographer said training young dancers had become a “career-long passion”, adding: “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.”
Studio Wayne McGregor will choreograph a new piece with Elmhurst that will be performed in London and Birmingham in 2020, while dancers from the company will create new performance pieces with students and act as mentors for graduating dancers.
Elsewhere, McGregor will give talks at the school, which is associated with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, while the relationship will also provide audition preparation workshops for students and enable them to get involved in professional development programmes at Studio Wayne McGregor.
Elmhurst Ballet School principal Jessica Wheeler said students would “benefit immeasurably from the opportunity to work with Wayne and his company”.
“Wayne is widely regarded as one of the world’s most foremost choreographers working today and this partnership marks an extraordinarily exciting time in Elmhurst’s history,” she added.