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Students live in a friendly and caring community which is committed to their safety and welfare. Students receive outstanding Health & Well-being support specifically designed for dancers.
We are proud to be a world class centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers where graduating students are prepared to secure contracts with national and international ballet companies. Teachers come from successful professional dance backgrounds and teach with passion and commitment.
A student-focussed learning experience maximises each student’s potential in learning, living and dancing skills. The positive learning environment and high expectations prepare our graduates for life in the very best national and international ballet companies.
Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of ballet dancers. Students are equipped with the skills, resilience and creativity to succeed and make a difference in the professional dance world and beyond.

Denise Whiteman

LRAD, ARAD, AISTD (NDB), RTS
Assistant to the Artistic Director

Denise joined Elmhurst School for Dance in 2004, after an exciting and varied career as a professional dancer and teacher. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, and commenced her career in Germany. After returning to the UK, she taught at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, Northern Ballet School and the Dance School of Scotland alongside her stage and screen career. She returned to freelance teaching in 2000 and became a vocational graded examiner for the RAD.

Her extensive experience ranges from classical ballet work with London City Ballet and the National Ballet Company, to pantomime and musical theatre including, South Pacific, Chess (West End production tour) and Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera for which she was also Associate Choreographer, to galas at the Royal Albert Hall and television appearances in Trainer, Casualty, Seekers, French and Saunders and House of Elliot.


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Denise Whiteman, Assistant to the Artistic Director; photo: Tim Cross

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