Darcey Bussell(1969-), Ballet dancer
Darcey Andrea Bussell
Sitter in 8 portraits
At the age of twenty Bussell became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever Principal Dancer (1989-2006) when she was selected by the great choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan to dance the leading role in his new ballet, The Prince of the Pagodas. Her classical repertoire includes Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. After the birth of her second daughter in 2004 she made a triumphant return to the stage with the New York City Ballet and resumed her Principal role with the Royal Ballet for the 2005 season. She officially retired as a ballerina in June 2007, and has since created a series of children's books about ballet. President of the Royal Academy of Dance and member of the judging panel on BBC television programme Strictly Come Dancing.