Robert Parker MPhil, PDTD (RAD)
Robert joined Elmhurst as Artistic Director in autumn 2012, following his retirement as a Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Born in Kingston upon Hull, Robert trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994 under the directorship of Sir Peter Wright. He received early acclaim when he danced the Second Seminarian in Carmina burana at the Royal Opera House in 1996.
He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal in 1999. He has danced a wide and varied repertoire from the classics to contemporary works, closely collaborating and creating many lead roles with director and choreographer David Bintley and other international choreographers.
He has made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet and received various accolades including a Critics’ Circle Award in 2003 and an Olivier Award nomination in 2001. In 2008 he took a sabbatical and moved to the USA where he successfully acquired his Commercial Pilots’ Licence. A year later he returned to his first love of dance, rejoining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2009 where he continued to perform Principal roles.
During this time, he also began teaching at Elmhurst on a regular basis, completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Education and was selected to attend the 2012 Rural Retreat for aspiring artistic leaders. After retiring from Birmingham Royal Ballet he passed his RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma with distinction. That same year he was appointed President of the London Ballet Association.
Julie Bowers BA Hons ARAD
Julie trained at both Elmhurst Ballet School and the Royal Ballet Upper School graduating into the Royal Ballet Company at Covent Garden in 1984. She was also the inaugural winner of the Paul Clarke Memorial Award in 1981. Julie danced with the company for 9 years and then went to Keele University where she gained a BA Hons in International History and American Studies as a mature student.
She went on to teach at Northern Ballet School and Hammond School. In 2001 she joined the Royal Academy of Dance where she has been regional Manager for the last 14 years. Julie was responsible for the setting up of the Dance Challenge in 2010. Julie also started up the very successful RAD Associate scheme, now being rolled out across the UK and more recently the Adult Associate scheme.
“MTB has gone on from strength to strength since it was founded and that is all down to the wonderful Lisa, Olivia, all the amazing teachers and the enthusiastic and dedicated students that attend each year”
Denise Winmill began her training in 1954 at the Muriel Tweedy School in Manchester. At 16, she was successful in gaining a place at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London, to train as a professional dancer. She received her tuition under the expert eye of Dame Ninette de Valois, Valerie Adams and Julia Farron, to name but a few.
Upon graduation, she joined Sadler’s Wells Opera Ballet Touring Company under the direction of Peter Darrell. After many happy years with the company, she retired to devote her time to her family. In 1982, she opened her own school in Long Ditton.
At this time, she was invited to become a Major Examiner of the RAD and later, was the tutor for the Professional Dancers Teachers’ Course at the Academy Headquarters. Her association with the Royal Ballet School remains strong; and was recently invited to teach both boys and girls at the Royal Ballet Lower School.
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