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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Caption: Sir Frederick Ashton looks on as Dame Ninette de Valois embraces Markova after a performance.
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.
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. Future projects include portraits of classical composers and musicians.
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.
Last night, classical dance fans in Birmingham sang Happy Birthday to Dame Ninette de Valois, and enjoyed a slice of a huge celebration cake.
IRELAND'S most famous ballerina, Dame Ninette de Valois, was celebrating her 100th birthday yesterday.
The Founding Mother of the Royal Ballet, Dame Ninette de Valois, now approaching 100, must reflect with some joy on the proposal that her beloved company will, at long last, be properly accommodated on site.