Bussell, Darcey

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Darcey Bussell Biography

Notable: Born 1969; Royal Ballet

Darcey Bussell was born in London in 1969. She studied at the Royal Ballet School. She joined SWRB in 1987 and moved to The Royal Ballet as a Soloist in 1988. She was promoted to First Soloist and then to Principal in 1989.

She created Princess Rose (Prince of the Pagodas), Masha (Winter Dreams), Mistress Truth-on-Toe (Mr Worldly Wise) and roles in The Spirit of Fugue, Bloodlines, Dances with Death, Pavane pour une infante défunte and Towards Poetry.

Repertoire includes:

  • Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Giselle (Giselle)
  • Odette/Odile (Swan Lake)
  • Cinderella (Cinderella)
  • Aurora and Sugar Plum Fairy (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Nikiya (La Bayadere)
  • Terpsichore (Apollo)
  • Raymonda, Manon
  • Mitzi Caspar (Mayerling)
  • Black Queen (Checkmate)
  • Mathilde Kschessinska (Anastasia)
  • Pas de Deux (Birthday Offering)
  • Roles in Serenade, Duo Concertant, Agon, Ballet Imperial, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Symphony in C, In the middle, Somewhat Elevated, Push Comes to Shove


  • Won the Prix de Lausanne, 1986
  • Received the 1990 Evening Standard Ballet Award and the Variety Club Award for Most Promising Newcomer
  • Awarded an OBE in 1995