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Dame Beryl Grey honoured in Queen's Birthday list

19 Jun 2017

Dame Beryl Grey honoured in Queen's Birthday list
Vice President of the RAD Dame Beryl Grey receives award in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday honours list.

RAD Vice President Dame Beryl Grey has become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday honours list 2017.

Beryl began ballet at the age of four. At ten she was given a scholarship to the Vic-Wells Ballet School and joined Sadler’s Wells Ballet four years later. In 1957 she made ballet history, dancing Odette/Odile with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and Giselle with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad.

She continued to dance as a guest ballerina with companies throughout the world until the mid-1960s. In 1966 she became director general of the Arts Educational School, and Governor of London Festival Ballet, where she was later artistic director (1968-79).

Beryl has received numerous honorary doctorates in recognition for her work. She was awarded the CBE in 1973 and created a Dame of the same order in 1988.

Find out more about Dame Beryl Grey's life in our Dance Gazette article, Life in Full Colour .

Photo: Checkmate for BBC Television, July 1963. Beryl Grey, Ninette de Valois (Choreographer). Credit: Royal Academy of Dance / ArenaPAL 

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