Beryl Grey (unpublished)

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Beryl Grey (unpublished)


Grey discusses her notion of a "musical dancer" which was a term often used to describe her style. Grey discusses the importance of a good conductor in ballet performances, learning about the role of Giselle from Audrey De Vos, and the challenge of executing difficult technique while simultaneously delivering excellent characterization and acting. This interview was not included in Newman's books.

Biographical note:

Born in London in 1927, Grey began dance classes at the age of four at the Sherbourne Preparatory School. At age 10, she was offered a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dancing. She began touring with the Sadler's Wells School company in 1941 and went on to dance with the Royal Ballet and in guest roles around the world. In 1957 she became the first English dancer to appear as guest ballerina with the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet. In 1964 she was the first Western ballerina to dance with a Chinese ballet company. She is famous for her role as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and as Queen of the Willis in Giselle. She became the artistic director of the London Festival Ballet in 1968 and was still in that role at the time of this 1979 interview. In 1980, she became a vice president of the Royal Academy of Dancing and served on numerous dance boards and societies. She served as Vice-Chairman of the London College of Dance from 1984 until her retirement in 1993. In 1988 she was appointed a Dame of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).


Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

July 24, 1979



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Is Part Of

Newman, B. (1982). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.




Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

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Barbara Newman, Beryl Grey

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Audio Cassette Tape

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128 kbps/44.1 kHz


Barbara Newman


Beryl Grey, 1927-




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