Ninette de Valois

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Ninette de Valois
Edris Stannus
BirthplaceBlessington, County Wicklow, Ireland
Ballet Dancer Ballet Teacher Choreographer Company Director
Education Lila Field Academy for Children Edouard Espinosa Enrico Cecchetti Nicholas Legat
Known for Ballet

De Valois, Ninette


(pseudonym of Edris Stannus). Born June 6, 1898, in Baltiboys, Ireland. British ballerina and choreographer.

Ninette de Valois studied with E. Espinosa and E. Cecchetti and made her debut in London in 1914 at the Lyceum Theater. From 1923 to 1926 she danced with Diaghilev’s company. In 1926 she founded the Academy of Choreographic Art in London, where classical dance was emphasized. On the basis of this academy, she organized, with L. Baylis, a ballet school at the Old Vic Theater in London from which the Sadler’s Wells company (renamed the Royal Ballet in 1957) was later formed. She directed the Royal Ballet itself until 1963, whereupon she became director of its school. Among the ballets she produced were Les Petits Riens based on Mozart’s music (1922), Gordon’s The Rake’s Progress (1935) based on W. Hogarth’s series of paintings, Bliss’ Checkmate (1937), and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (1952). She is the author of books on the ballet. In 1947 she was made an honorary doctor of music by the University of London and in 1950, an honorary doctor of literature by Oxford University.


Invitation to the Ballet. London, 1953
Come Dance With Me: A Memoir, 1898-1956. London, 1957.
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The former ballerina and world renowned repetiteur shares her experiences working with such greats as Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Leonide Massine, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne.
Founded in 1926, when Dame Ninette de Valois opened her Academy of Choreographic Art, it has since trained many of the world's finest classical dancers - including Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Anthony Dowell.
Dame Ninette de Valois, who founded Birmingham Royal Ballet, once described to me a dance spectacle as being a "gigantic touring art show, where everything - all kinds of talents and inspirations - were fused together seamlessly.
Then, Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of the Royal Ballet - played here with a lovely mix of glamour and mischief by Lindsay Duncan - tells her about a rather marvellous Russian dancer who's defecting to the west and Rudolf Nureyev -19 years her junior - enters her life.
I've worked internationally a lot and I've met great people from European dance and American dance," he adds, reeling off the names of ballet legends Dame Ninette de Valois and Sir Frederick Ashton.
She has painted the leading ballerina, Darcey Bussell, and was commissioned by the Royal Ballet to paint its founder, Dame Ninette de Valois.
In honor of the late Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Sadler's Wells Ballet (later The Royal Ballet), these two CDs offer the scores of four ballets that she choreographed: The Haunted Ballroom (1934), The Rake's Progress (1935), Checkmate (1937), and The Prospect Before Us (1940).
PRINCESS Margaret has attended the Westminster Abbey memorial service for Royal Ballet founder Dame Ninette de Valois.
ROYAL BALLET founder and leading light in the dance world for decades Dame Ninette de Valois died yesterday at the age of 102.
IRELAND'S most famous ballerina, Dame Ninette de Valois, was celebrating her 100th birthday yesterday.
Last night, classical dance fans in Birmingham sang Happy Birthday to Dame Ninette de Valois, and enjoyed a slice of a huge celebration cake.
Yet in the context of this beautifully designed new book on Diaghilev and his astonishing company of Russian dancers who once brought electrifying ballet into Europe, it is interesting to remember that Dame Ninette de Valois was herself in her youth a dancer with the Ballets Russes, when that particular company was making its reputation immediately after the First World War.