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Julie Bowers becomes Director of Artistic Development at bbodance

11 Feb 2020

At the start of its 90th year, bbodance is proud to announce that Julie Bowers has become the organisation’s Director of Artistic Development.

Formerly with The Royal Ballet and the Royal Academy of Dance, Julie has dedicated her career to developing programmes that increase access to Ballet training across the UK, Europe, Canada, and the United States.

At bbodance, Julie spearheaded the creation of the organisation’s Musical Theatre syllabus and the filming of video syllabi and teaching aids for all bbodance genres. Julie is also instrumental in the creation of a network of professionals — among whom, Sir David Bintley CBEwho recently accepted to become bbodance Vice President — to support the organisation’s educational offering at all levels.

“I vividly recall Julie’s first interview. Her passion for dance was infectious – it was a very easy decision! We were re-branding 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,” said bbodance CEO, Robin Bloor.

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. 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,” Julie said.

Julie 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.