Formerly known as the British Ballet Organization, bbodance has announced that Julie Bowers has become the organisation’s Director of Artistic Development.
Bowers, who was formerly with The Royal Ballet and the Royal Academy of Dance, has dedicated her career to developing programmes that increase access to ballet training across the UK, Europe, Canada, and the United States.
At bbodance, Bowers spearheaded the creation of the organisation’s musical theatre syllabus and the filming of video syllabi and teaching aids for all bbodance genres. Bowers is also instrumental in the creation of a network of professionals — among whom, Sir David Bintley CBE, who recently accepted to become bbodance Vice President — to support the organisation’s educational offering at all levels.
“I vividly recall Julie’s first interview,” said bbodance CEO Robin Bloor. “Her passion for dance was infectious – it was a very easy decision! We were rebranding at the time and, with the advantage of hindsight, I find it difficult to think of anyone who would have embraced our new direction with more gusto. Her enthusiasm is boundless, her contribution is immense, and it’s a pleasure to work with her.”
“Coming full circle, from starting my dance career as a bbodance student to now being given the chance to lead bbodance’s artistic development, is a dream come true,” Bowers said. “We’ve made huge progress over the last few years, and I’m keen to ensure that we continue to develop our status as a landmark of British Ballet, as envisioned by our founder, Edouard Espinosa, 90 years ago.”
Bowers is currently preparing a special edition of bbodance’s biggest annual event, Dance Days, which returns to Birmingham, this April, to celebrate 90 years of bbodance.
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