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A new chapter for Kerry Nicholls

Mon 20 December 2021

TL alum becomes Associate Director, Artistic Development at English National Ballet

With 30 years’ experience in the sector, dance alum Kerry Nicholls is celebrated internationally for her agile leadership, influential coaching and exceptional contemporary dance teaching.

Since graduating from Trinity Laban in 1991 with a Certificate in Dance Theatre, Kerry has served as Co-Director of Creative Learning for Studio Wayne McGregor (2007 – 2011), the Artistic Advisor for English National Ballet School (2008 – 2015), Artistic Director of National Youth Dance Wales (2014-2018), and Interim Artistic Director for Scottish Dance Theatre (2019). Last year, Kerry was appointed Executive Artistic Lead for English National Ballet.

In 2012, she launched Kerry Nicholls Dance to run training, mentoring and professional development programmes within dance organisations and institutions world-wide. Two-years later she was awarded a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship to embark on an extensive period of research in the USA, shadowing and assisting Liz Lerman and advancing her work in the Critical Response Process.

At the end of 2021, it was announced that Kerry would join English National Ballet in a full-time role as their Associate Director, Artistic Development.

On her appointment, she comments –

“I am looking forward to this exciting new chapter.”

Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, English National Ballet brings world class ballet to the widest possible audience through live performances, digital platforms and its distinguished orchestra. It is a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s.

To find out more about studying at Trinity Laban visit our Dance pages.

Image credit: Foteini-Christofilopoulou