David Gayle (published 1988)


Gayle discusses the beginnings of the Royal Ballet Summer School, the people involved, and the finer administrative details of running a dance program, and of students' life while at the program. He cites Anya Linden, Lady Sainsbury as the first to suggest that the Royal Ballet have a summer school for young people, but it was Dame Merle Park who invited Gayle to coordinate the first program. Gayle mentions having Russian ballet instructor Anatole Grigoriev (1949- 2006) teach at the summer school.

Biographical note:

David Gayle MBE is a former dancer with the Royal Ballet, founder of the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, and first coordinator of the Royal Ballet Summer School. He was the first boy to be taken on to the Teacher Training course at the Royal Ballet School. In 1975, Gayle founded Yorkshire Ballet Seminars at Ilkley College. Prima ballerina Merle Park invited Gayle to set up similar seminars in London as the Royal Ballet Summer School in 1987. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1991. In 2005, he Gayle retired from the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars in 2005, handing over the directorship to Marguerite Porter.






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