Elmhurst at Birmingham 2022 opening

Published: 6 July 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Elmhurst Ballet School rehearse for Opening Ceremony

Students from Elmhurst Ballet School, associated with Birmingham Royal Ballet, have started rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Thursday 28 July.

At the redeveloped Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr in front of around 30,000 people and a global broadcast audience of a billion, the students will perform alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers, 2,000 volunteers and a 1,000-strong choir.

The Creative Team is led by Artistic Director Iqbal Khan and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. The Elmhurst students are working with chief choreographer Corey Baker, known for the award-winning Swan Lake Bath Ballet for BBC Arts.

Elmhurst students dancing in the opening ceremony are Leah Allen, Olivia Chang-Clarke, Alice Higginbottom, Alyssa Holliday-Smith, Mackenzie Jacob, Shea Linley, Candela Nieto, Holly Slater, Lara Tessier, Isabel Falcus and Zack Pye. They are joined by Year 13 students Amelia Cook, William Davolls, Ella Dennehy, Caitlin Edgington, Jack Farren, Florence Fowler, Leo Morad, Kazusa Murayoshi, Benjamin Spiteri, Isabel Tornqvist, Sophie Walters, Heidi Whiting and Samantha Wong.