English National Ballet School is pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Wyatt as its new Director, commencing on 1 April 2017.
Sue is currently the Chair of One Dance UK. Until 2015 Sue was also Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Council for Dance Education and Training, is former Chief Executive of Rambert Dance Company, and past Manager of The Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs, Sue Wyatt has over thirty years’ experience in the arts. She was Head of Combined Arts and Strategy at East Midlands Arts Board, a Council Member for Arts Council London, Chair of artsdepot Barnet, and a Trustee for both Phoenix Dance Theatre and Hampstead Theatre.
Sue Wyatt said of her appointment, “I am delighted to have been invited to lead English National Ballet School. I am looking forward to working alongside English National Ballet as the two organisations co-locate in their new state-of-the-art ‘homes’ in London’s City Island. Bringing School and Company together within the same building will hugely enhance the educational experience of the students and also be an opportunity to reaffirm the School’s position as one of the world’s finest ballet’s schools.”
Steve Sacks, Chairman of English National Ballet School said; “On behalf of the Board I am delighted to welcome Sue as our new Director. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience within the Dance and Education sector and will be a tremendous addition to the School. In 2018, we will begin an exciting new chapter in the School’s history as we move to our exciting new facility in London’s City Island and I am confident that, under Sue’s leadership, this will be hugely successful. I would also like to extend my tremendous thanks to Delia Barker for her superb job leading the School over the past seven years.”
Sue will oversee the School’s move to London’s City Island in 2018 in partnership with English National Ballet. Together they will create a hub for talent development and artistic excellence, providing our students with an inspiring environment in which to hone their technical skills and develop their artistry. She will also provide strategic operational leadership for English National Ballet School, in order to achieve our objective of being the school of choice for the new generation of aspiring dancers.
Current Director Delia Barker leaves after seven years to take up a new position at The Roundhouse.
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Notes to Editors
English National Ballet School, official school of English National Ballet
- We are the official School of English National Ballet with one third of the Company’s dancers having graduated from the School
- We offer a 3 year diploma in Professional dance accredited by Trinity College, London
- Our current body of 72 comprises of students from 12 countries including Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, US, Italy, Spain, France, Japan
- We are the peer of major ballet schools in France, the United States, Denmark and the UK and many of our graduated students are now working in major ballet companies worldwide
- We audition over 300 young dancers each year from all over the world and award places purely on talent
- We are the only Dance specialist DaDA (Dance and Drama Award) school to consistently achieve Outstanding from OFSTED since inspections began in 2002 and we maintain a strong employment record
- Open to all without audition ENBS Juniors offer high quality, weekly ballet classes to children aged 3 – 10 years