The Royal Ballet just announced today that Liam Scarlett has been appointed the company's first-ever artist in residence. The position will allow him to focus solely on creating work for The Royal (his last appearance as a dancer will be in the current run of Swan Lake). He joins resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon as one of three dancemakers who will now be making work on regular basis for The Royal. It's a sign of the company's serious commitment to new ballet choreography. They also have two choreographic affiliates, Mayuri Boonham and Alexander Whitley, and a choreographic apprentice, Robert Binet, plus a choreographic bursary to help emerging choreographers within the company develop their craft.