To celebrate 25 years of dance training, The Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is marking the occasion by tracking down every student who has been through their programme for their very special silver celebration. 

‘The Dance Track’ programme started by the Royal Ballet was launched in 1997 and has trained more than 3,000 Birmingham-based dancers through free classes and performance opportunities. The Birmingham Royal Ballet helped create an inclusive environment for dancers in the city, helping young people ignite their passion for dance without bias.

Birmingham Royal Ballet Search for Former Students to Join Special Celebrations
BRB Dance Track students Kimora and Joshua MacKenzie. Photo: Paul Tefler

With a successful alumni, many young people have gone on to pursue professional dance careers because of the programme. One key story is 9 year old Joshua Mckenzie, who after being offered a place on the dance track at BRB, is performing at this years production of The Nutcracker at the Birmingham Hippodrome. 

“I am so passionate about the program because we are changing lives, it’s not just about teaching dance,” says Manager Rebecca Brookes. 

Birmingham Royal Ballet is celebrating the 25th year of its running by making a new book, which is why they want to hear from former students. They are keen to include prominent memories, key stories, and impactful moments the students have experienced. 

“We would like to celebrate the achievements of everyone, students and staff, who have been involved in the programme,” Rebecca continues.

Dance has helped mould and shape many young people’s lives, not only through the strenuous training the dancers endure, but the mental challenges and obstacles that the dancers overcome, learning and growing through the art form. Dance teaches many lessons that young people can take with them for the rest of their lives. 

The Royal Ballet is looking for any alumni, old and new, if you would like to be involved in the celebrations, please contact the team at

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