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Elmhurst Ballet School Artistic Director 

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ROBERT PARKER is Artistic Director of Elmhurst Ballet School. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994 then under the directorship of Sir Peter Wright. He became a Principal dancer in 1999 where he collaborated with Artistic Director and acclaimed choreographer David Bintley to create many leading roles for the company. He made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet and performed in many Galas around the world. His accolades include a Critics Circle Dance Award nomination and an Olivier Award nomination in 2001 and a Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Male Artist in 2003.

After retiring from Birmingham Royal Ballet he passed his RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma with distinction and completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Education. Robert became Artistic Director of Elmhurst Ballet School in 2012. That same year he was appointed President of the London Ballet Association. He is regularly invited to adjudicate and deliver Master classes at various International Ballet Competitions around the world.



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Elisabetta Hertel was born and raised in Torino, Italy, she trained for two years at the Scuola del Teatro Nuovo Torino under the direction of Loredana Furno and one year with Claire Jahier at Scuola di Danza Bella Hutter Torino. In 1979 she joined the ”Academie de Dance Classique Princess Grace” , Monaco, under the direction of Marika Besobrasova where she remained until accomplishment of the studies and the attainment of the Professional Dancer Diploma in 1984. Joined the STUTTGART BALLET in 1984 first under the direction of Marcia Haydée (till 1996) then under the direction of Reid Anderson (till 1998), extensively touring in Europe, Israel, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Korea, Hong-Kong, China, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Uruguay 

Her repertoire included solo roles in classical ballets such as: The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Paquita and Giselle. And Neoclassical and contemporary pieces as Cranko’s Onegin, Brouillards, The Taming of the Shrew, Initials R.B.M.E, and Romeo and Juliet additionaly to ballets of Balanchine, Bejart, Duato, Forsythe, Haydee, Kylian, MacMillan and pieces created especially for her: The Countess of Hainault in “Edward II” (David Bintley) , The Destiny in “The Farewell” (Carlos Valcarcel), the leading role in “The Other Side” (Renato Zanella), the leading role in “Angels” (Orazio Caiti) 

She attained the Diploma of “Instructor of First level” for the gyrotonic Expansion System® Juliu Horvath Method New York, U.S.A. In July 1999 she graduated, in London, as a Classical Ballet Teachers (P.D.T.C. R.A.D.) with Distinction. In July 2000, she created the “Intensive Summer Course for ballet students, teachers and professional dancers”

In September 2002, she founded and since directs the Accademina Internazionale Coreutica, ente di alto perfezionamiento nelle danza (International Ballet Academy, an organisation for professional formation in the art of dance). Under her direction, the Academy has grown to become known internationally and established partnerships around the world with renowned ballet competitions (such as W.B.C. in Orlando; VKIBC in New York; Tanzolymp in Berlin, SiciliaIBC, MiamiIBC) and dance educational institutions. Accademia Internazionale Coreutica’s graduated students have obtained contracts with major companies and admission to prestigious Contemporary Dance schools.

Ms. Hertel is regularly invited to take part as a Guest Teacher in international courses, summer intensives and schools and as a member of Jury in International Competitions, in Italy and abroad (Singapore, Hong- Kong, Japan, Germany, Romania, U.S.A. Ecuador).