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Ann Sholem leaves National Dance Company Wales

Posted on November 21, 2013

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annsholem-photo-fairyoddAnn Sholem is stepping down as artistic director of National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales).

Thirty years ago, Sholem founded the company with her husband, former artistic director Roy Campbell-Moore, under the name Diversions. In 1996, it was awarded Wales national performing arts company status, and in 2009 the name was changed to NDCWales.  The company is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, while Sholem and Campbell-Moore received a lifetime achievement award at the first Theatre Critics of Wales awards this year.

Sholem said: “NDCWales has been my life’s work that, until May 2013, I shared with my partner Roy Campbell-Moore – I feel the time is right for me to leave NDCWales so we can continue our work together. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the company’s success and for the artistic quality we have achieved together.

“It is a great accomplishment that I leave as we celebrate our 30th prosperous year and immediately following our recent successful seasons in London, Cardiff and Glasgow. I think it timely I leave as we just received a five-star review from Theatre Royal, where I began my career as a dancer with Scottish Ballet. We should be very proud of all we have achieved as a company, and I leave knowing there are still many more successes to come.”

Andrew Davies, chair of NDCWales, said: “On behalf of the board of National Dance Company Wales, I wish Ann well in her future career. She has demonstrated vision, great skills as an impresario and, of course, outstanding creative dance credentials. She has made a huge contribution to the dance and arts scene in Wales and the UK through the establishment of NDCWales which, in its 30th year, is performing at an extremely high level artistically and receiving excellent reviews from the UK media.”

There is no news on the appointment of Sholem’s successor.


Picture: Ann Sholem. Photograph: Fairyodd


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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