Queensland Ballet to Welcome James Barton

James Barton as Ballet Master 

Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Leanne Benjamin has announced a new member will be joining the Artistic Team.

James Barton will be joining the company as Ballet Master later this year.

Ms Benjamin said she was delighted to make the appointment.

“I’m thrilled that James will be joining our Queensland Ballet family as Ballet Master. I have known and worked with James over many years. His vast industry experience will be a great contribution within our Artistic team,” she said.

James was a member of Birmingham Royal Ballet from 2006 to 2019 dancing soloist and principal roles in the majority of the company’s repertoire.

He created roles in ballets by David Bintley, Gillian Lynne and Jessica Lang as well as touring internationally with the company to the U.S.A, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Spain and Germany.

In 2017 he was an original cast member of An American In Paris in the West End, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and was also a featured performer in Bob Fosse – it’s showtime! for SkyArts.

He has coached Great Britton’s number one gymnast Rebecca Downie, preparing her for the World Championships and the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He joined Scottish Ballet as Assistant Rehearsal Director in November 2019 and starts with Queensland Ballet on September 9th.

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