The Ballerina Gallery
Beryl Grey
b. 1927
Royal Ballet


Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

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Beryl Grey was born in London 1927. She joined Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1941 and danced the full-length Swan Lake in 1942 on her 15th birthday. She was a famous Lilac Fairy and Queen of the Wilis. In 1957 she became the first English dancer to appear as guest ballerina with the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet.

She holds numerous honorary doctorates and was awarded the CBE for her services to dance in 1973 and created a Dame of the British Empire in 1988. She has been Vice President of the Royal Academy of Dancing since 1980, is President of the Imperial Society of Dancing and a Director of The Birmingham Royal Ballet. In September 1997 she was presented with the Queen Elizabeth Coronation Award by Dame Antoinette Sibley. The Award is given by the Royal Academy of Dancing to individuals in recognition of great contribution to the world of ballet. Previous holders include Dame Ninette de Valois and Rudolf Nureyev.