Lynn Seymour (published 2013)


Seymour talks about how the film The Red Shoes and Beethoven's symphonies hooked her into dance. She knew at a very young age that she would need to dance to live. She talks about her major influences in dance: Frederick Ashton, her ballet master in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty; Rudolph Nureyev taught her the importance of Classicism in ballet and the fundamentals of technique; and Stanley Williams taught her how to connect the intellectual and the physical. She would later take these skills and teach her own students.

Biographical note:

Lynn Seymour, dancer and choreographer, was born in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada in 1939. She studied Ballet in Vancouver and won a scholarship to Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1954. She has worked with the Covent Garden Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Berlin Opera Ballet, and the American Ballet Theater. Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan created many original roles during their fruitful twenty-year association. Seymour has appeared on film as well as on stage and in addition to dancing has worked as a choreographer and producer. In January 1981 Seymour announced her retirement from dancing. She has served as artistic director of the Munich Opera Ballet and the Greek National Ballet.




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