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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All this is thanks to my first dancing teacher, Madeleine Sharp, who handed me over to Ninette de Valois at Sadler's Wells.
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.
The Royal Ballet's artistic director was one of the 21,000 guests at the Stuttgart Ballet's 50th Anniversary (Mega) Festival this February, just as her great predecessor, Ninette de Valois, had attended one of Stuttgart's first festivals in 1962.
PRINCESS Margaret has attended the Westminster Abbey memorial service for Royal Ballet founder Dame Ninette de Valois.
99 and they include The Role of the Critic by Nicholas Dromgoole, Theatre And The Mind by Mick Gordon, Exposed By The Mask by Peter Hall and An English Ballet by Ninette de Valois (the latter volume a great start for those who respect ballet's development over the years - de Valois, after all, founded English ballet in the 1930s).
In Margot, a 2005 film by Tony Palmer that's been remastered for DVD, few juicy stories go untold, most of them told firsthand by the likes of Ninette de Valois, Moira Shearer, Roland Petit, Kenneth MacMillan, Monica Mason, and Rudolf Nureyev.
BALLET legend Dame Ninette de Valois died yesterday aged 102.
Nor was there a piece from the choreographic CV of Ninette de Valois, who founded Sadler's Wells in 1931.
Each day begins with ballet technique taught by Rhatigan, who describes her classes as "rooted in the Royal Ballet School," where she trained and even served as a student demonstrator for Royal Ballet founder Ninette de Valois.
Clearly, he finally made it to London and flourished under the strict supervision of Ninette de Valois, head of the Royal Ballet and a woman who did not suffer fools or third-rate aspirants gladly.
Rejected by Ninette de Valois for The Royal Ballet, invited in 1939 by Richard Pleasant to join American Ballet Theatre as a choreographer for its first season (Pleasant originally invited Frederick Ashton but the letter went astray), Tudor, with his life-companion and dancer-muse, Hugh Laing, immigrated to America.