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Jonathan Payn

Jonathan trained with his mother, Janet Kinson, and was a founder member of National Youth Ballet, creating the title role in Fisherboy for the first gala performance.  Jonathan joined the Royal Ballet School in 1991, Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2006.  He performs a wide variety of character roles in the Company’s repertory.  His choreography includes Into the Ferment (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and ballets for Elmhurst Ballet School and National Youth Ballet.  For Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2015 revival of Enigma Variations Jonathan shadowed the restaging process at the request of the Ashton Foundation and in April 2016 assisted in the staging of Enigma Variations for Sarasota Ballet.

Jonathan holds Fellowship teaching status in the Cecchetti Method and has guest taught in the USA, Japan, South Africa, Australia and Malta.  He acted as Company Manager for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2007 and 2008 split tours and in 2018 participated in the 55th Clore Leadership Short Course.  He is also a Foundation Governor at Bournville Village Primary School, Birmingham.

He was appointed to the board of trustees for National Youth Ballet in September 2016.

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