Farron, Julia

Farron, Julia,

1922–2019, English ballerina, b. Joyce Margaret Farron-Smith. She studied at the Vic-Wells Ballet School, joined the company (now the Royal Ballet) in 1936, and, as the company's youngest dancer, created (1937) the role of Pépé the dog in AshtonAshton, Sir Frederick,
1904–88, British choreographer and dancer, b. Guayaquil, Ecuador. He grew up in Peru and was drawn to dance after seeing (1917) a performance by Anna Pavlova there.
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's A Wedding Bouquet. Ashton subsequently created numerous roles for Farron, who became noted for the suppleness of her upper body and her acting ability; those parts included Diana in Sylvia, the Neapolitan dancer in Swan Lake, and Berta in Ondine. Her other famous roles included the Prelude in FokineFokine, Michel
, 1880–1942, Russian-American choreographer and ballet dancer, b. Russia. He studied at the Imperial Ballet School (1889–98) and danced at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
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's Les Sylphides, Belle Épine in John Cranko's Prince of the Pagodas, and the Prostitute in Robert HelpmannHelpmann, Sir Robert,
1909–1986, Australian dancer and choreographer. He danced as a principal (1933–50) with Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet), often partnering with Margot Fonteyn.
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's Miracle in the Gorbels. She retired in 1961 but was brought back (1965) by Kenneth Macmillan as Lady Capulet in his Romeo and Juliet, a role she performed until 1976. She also pursued a career in teaching, at the Royal Ballet School (1964–82) and Royal Academy of Dance (1983–89), where she was director.
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