Dame Monica Margaret Mason(1941-), Director, Royal Ballet and ballet dancer
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Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mason came to England aged fourteen to train at the Royal Ballet School. Aged sixteen, she joined the Royal Ballet Company as their youngest member and created roles in a number of MacMillan's ballets, including the Chosen Maiden in The Rite of Spring (1962), Lescaut's Mistress in Manon (1974) and Nursey in Isadora (1981). A technically strong dancer, noted for her dramatic sense, she became a principal in 1968, Principal Répétiteur (teacher) in 1984, Assistant Director of the Royal Ballet in 1991 and succeeded Ross Stretton as Director in 2002. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Award from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2011 and the Olivier Special Award in 2012.