May, Pamela

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Pamela May Biography

Notable: 1917 – 2005; Royal Ballet

Pamela May was born on Trinidad in 1917. She studied with Freda Grant in London, Olga Preobrajenska and Lubov Egorova in Paris, and De Valois at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School from 1933. Made her debut at the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1934 and quickly became and leading dancer. Promoted to ballerina in 1952. A versatile dancer that danced all the leading classical roles. She was also a great Lilac Fairy and Myrtha. Created roles in de Valois’s Checkmate (1937), The Prospect before us (1940), Orpheus and Eurodice (1941) and Don Quixote (1950), in Ashton’s Les Patinateurs (1937), A Wedding Bouquet (1937), Horoscope (1938), Dante Sonata (1940), The Wanderer (1941), Symphonic Variations (1946) and Cinderella (1948).

She taught at the Royal Ballet School 1954-1977.