Dame Beryl Grey(1927-), Ballet dancer and Artistic Director of London Festival Ballet
Sitter in 4 portraits
Grey joined the Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1941 and within a year was performing leading roles. On her fifteenth birthday she danced Odette/Odile in the full-length Swan Lake. She was noted for her interpretations of the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle and second ballerina in Balanchine's Ballet Imperial. Her created roles included Fairy Winter in Cinderella (1948) and sixth variation in Birthday Offering (1956). She left the Company in 1957 and was the first British dancer to appear with the Boshoi and Kirov Ballets in 1958. Artistic director of London Festival Ballet,1968-79, she was made a Dame in 1988.