Birmingham Royal Ballet promotions, joiners, leavers

Birmingham Royal Ballet today has announced new principal dancers, promotions to First Artist and Soloist, new joiners, a retirement and dancers moving to other companies.

Congratulations to Hamish Scott who joins the company from Elmhurst Ballet School. We interviewed Hamish about his journey and his dreams of joining BRB, so great to see him achieving his first step into the company. You can listen to the interview with Hamish.

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.

Principal Tzu Chao Chou, Photo Tim Cross

Principal Tzu Chao Chou, Photo Tim Cross

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 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.