September 24, 2013

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The start of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2013-14 season marks the beginning of The Cadbury Dance Fellowship, a new initiative to develop some of the best emerging talent in the field of classical ballet. It is specifically designed to help the most talented dancers make the transition between vocational ballet school and professional career.

The placements have been paid for as a result of a generous donation from the Cadbury Family to create an endowment fund that allows two strands of support to be offered to emerging professional ballet dancers.

The first strand of support will be The Robin Cadbury Studentships. 40 funded placements for ballet students completing their vocational training will offer opportunities to rehearse, perform and tour with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The second strand of support will be The Cadbury Dance Fellowships. 12 month contracts with the Company will be offered as a prize to the two dancers who demonstrate exceptional talent and application during their studentship and final year at school.

David Bintley, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director said: ‘Training is at the heart of the world of ballet and a dancer’s first taste of a professional environment is crucial. What they achieve, the lifestyles they lead, the personal regimes they develop and the decisions they make in those early years can set the tone and direction for their entire career. He continued…

The Robin Cadbury Studentships are designed to ensure that emerging dance talent can cope with the physical and mental demands of a large-scale professional company. This part of our Campaign for the Future vision aims to identify, nurture and celebrate the very best talent so that we can help our art form to thrive. The Cadbury family’s generous support and passion for enabling young people to achieve their full potential is inspirational’.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Chief Executive Christopher Barron said: ‘The Cadbury Family’s generous support and passion for enabling young people to achieve their full-potential is inspirational. In these times of funding cuts to the arts, The Cadbury Dance Fellowship will play a vital role in ensuring that BRB’s commitment to discovering the world’s best talent to come and achieve their potential in Birmingham in perpetuity’.

The first young dancers on The Robin Cadbury Studentship programme will join Birmingham Royal Ballet during the 2013 autumn tour of The Sleeping Beauty. The tour will see the young dancers perform at The Lowry in Salford, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s home theatre Birmingham Hippodrome, London’s Sadler’s Wells, Sunderland’s Empire Theatre and the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.

Megan Ireland, an Elmhurst School for Dance upper school student and about to tour with BRB said:My time at Birmingham Royal Ballet will be very helpful for me in terms of the next step in my career.  Companies always say you need professional experience to get a job, but how are you supposed to get that experience in the first place?  Working on a large professional production with such a prestigious company will help me get my foot in the door and make my CV stand out’.

Former ballerina and BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell is Campaign President of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Campaign for the Future.

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