Antoinette Sibley (published 1982)


Sibley discusses her training at Sadler's Wells School and her roles in classical ballet, focusing on Swan Lake. She explains what it means to be a musical dancer and the huge impact music played in helping her interpret roles. Sibley speaks about the importance of dancing a variety of roles and discusses her take of the role of Giselle.

Biographical note:

Sibley was born in Bromley, England in 1939. As a dancer she was known for her elegance and roles in the classics. She joined the Royal Ballet in 1956. Sibley's big break came when she danced Swan Lake at a mere twelve hours notice. She created roles for Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan and frequently partnered with Anthony Dowell until her retirement in 1979. Sibley became president of the Royal Academy of Dance in 1991 and remained in that position until 2012.





London, UK




“Antoinette Sibley (published 1982),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed September 24, 2020,