Michael Nunn OBE, William Levitt OBE And Kerry Whelan To Become Artistic Directors For BBODance (British Ballet Organization)
| By Jacob Porteous
bbodance, formerly known as the British Ballet Organization, has today announced the appointment of Michael Nunn OBE, William Trevitt OBE and Kerry Whelan as the new Co-Artistic Director consultants of the organisation. Nunn, Trevitt and Whelan, the team behind internationally renowned dance company BalletBoyz join bbodance to provide artistic direction, help grow membership and introduce innovative and exciting projects.
Of their appointment Nunn, Trevitt and Whelan commented: “We are thrilled to be invited to take up the artistic reigns at bbodance at such an exciting time in the organisation’s long history. The heritage and legacy of the British Ballet Organization is second to none and resonates with so many. We feel honoured to be part of that history.
This is a time of significant change for bbodance; a move to state-of-the-art premises, the introduction of a smart new brand identity and a major overhaul of the teaching syllabi. The British Ballet Organization has always stood for excellence, quality and a belief in the shared enjoyment of dance – values that we pursue in our own company, BalletBoyz.
We are ambitious and excited for the future of bbodance and look forward to helping deliver a bigger and better bbodance, without losing any of the intimacy or qualities that have defined the organisation over the last 86 years.”
Their appointment coincides with a rebrand for the organisation and a move to state of the art studios and offices overlooking the River Thames in Battersea. The change is part of bbodance’s commitment to improving its services, events and membership benefits across the broad scope of dance services provided by the organisation. As part of bbodance’s commitment to innovation it also announced the launch of a new musical theatre dance syllabus in 2016.
Nicholas Espinosa, Executive Chairman of bbodance commented: “The foundations for a modernised bbodance are now firmly in place. Our magnificent new riverside headquarters and the ground-breaking vision of our award winning Artistic Directors provide a secure platform to inspire and promote excellence in dance training while retaining the bbodance traditional values. Our brand new headquarters include studios, a library and classrooms in a fantastic location, not to mention the fabulous views overlooking the Thames. These facilities will provide the space to hold bbodance teacher training programme on-site, a base for all future syllabus development and a home for all bbodance members, creating a lasting legacy for future generations. I am excited to see our plans for the future implemented.”