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Pamela May (1917-2005), Ballerina

Sitter in 2 portraits
A versatile dancer noted for the purity of her line, May joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1934. Her repertoire included Swanilde in Coppèlia, Myrtha in Giselle, the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and, the epitome of her classical style, Odette/Odile and Aurora. She created the role of the Moon in Horoscope (1938), Mademoiselle Théodore in The Prospect Before Us (1940) and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (1948). In 1946 she was one of the six dancers on whom Ashton created his masterpiece Symphonic Variations. She taught at The Royal Ballet School from 1954 until her retirement in 1977.

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Pamela May

by Gordon Anthony
photogravure, 1946
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Group on Avenue Raymond Poincarré in Paris

possibly by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage snapshot print, September-October 1948
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