Mark Baldwin OBE becomes Patron of bbodance
Former Artistic Director of Rambert, Mark Baldwin OBE, has today become Patron of bbodance, the new name for the British Ballet Organization. Mr Baldwin joins recent Patrons, Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Craig Revel Horwood and Artistic Director of Elmhurst Ballet School, Robert Parker, in promoting bbodance’s journey to achieve excellence in multi-genre dance teaching and engage with its membership.
“I am very impressed with the energy and mobility of bbodance. It is inspiring and humbling to support the artistic journey of an organisation with such a long history and with active members in so many regions. Touring is a fundamental part of my artistic vision, and the reach of bbodance is closely aligned with that,” Mr Baldwin stated.
“I have known Mark for many years and know how passionate he is about contemporary dance. He is undoubtedly a visionary and has dedicated his professional life to upholding and developing choreographic standards. We are simply thrilled that Mark has agreed to become a Patron. I have no doubt his prestige, knowledge and enthusiasm will be of great help as we continue our journey to modernise and develop bbodance,” stated bbodance Executive Chairman and Director of London Studio Centre, Nic Espinosa.
The announcement comes shortly after the release of bbodance’s first Contemporary Dance Syllabus, a unique syllabus for Grade 1 students that fulfils the Learning Objectives of mainstream Primary and Secondary Education. The syllabus was launched at this year’s flagship bbodance event for students and teachers, Dance Days, attended by bbodance Patron, Craig Revel Horwood.
Founded in 1930 by Edouard Espinosa and Eve Kelland, bbodance is an international dance awarding organisation with a large membership in the UK and Australasia. bbodance provides Ofqual-recognised syllabi in classical ballet, modern, musical theatre, jazz, tap and, since April 2018, contemporary dance. bbodance also provides comprehensive dance teacher training for Levels 4 to 6, as well as a Level 3 Extended Diploma that is an official access path to London Studio Centre, and an annual suite of intensive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and student training events.
About Mark Baldwin OBE
Born in Fiji, Mark Baldwin OBE studied classical and contemporary dance in New Zealand. After dancing with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Mr Baldwin joined Ballet Rambert in 1983. Ten years later, Mr Baldwin left to become resident choreographer at Sadler’s Wells and establish his own dance company. In 2002, Mr Baldwin returned to Rambert, Britain’s oldest dance company, as Artistic Director, a position he held longer than any of his predecessors, and focused his vision on collaborating with other art forms as well as science. Mr Baldwin was awarded an OBE for his services to dance in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.