Beryl Grey (published 2013)


Grey talks about how she didn't plan anything for her career beyond dancing and how she fell into the role of dance educator. She describes how each dancer brings a unique interpretation to the role.

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. In 1968 she became the artistic director of the London Festival Ballet. 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).





London, UK



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