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International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day 2016

8 March 2016

Just some of the amazing women in dance on International Women's Day 2016...

On International Women’s Day 2016, here are some #InspiringWomen in dance, from prima ballerinas to ground-breaking choreographers, who motivate us to dance through #InternationalWomensDay2016 and beyond...

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Dame Beryl Grey

By her 15th birthday, ISTD President Dame Beryl Grey was already dancing the lead in Swan Lake as Margot Fonteyn’s replacement and at the age of 16 she was dancing the lead in Giselle. During the war years she recalls:

 “There were often air raids while we were performing. Towards the end of the war I was dancing Swan Lake at the Prince's Theatre in Lambeth. As the Black Swan I did a series of turns on my own and finished backwards; my partner caught me, I leant back and there was a drumroll and a crash of cymbals. At the same time a bomb went off. After a moment of absolute silence we continued dancing.”

Dame Beryl is not only an honorary Life President of the ISTD but also Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Music Therapy Charity and British and International Federation of Festivals, Chairman of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Patron of the Critics Circle Dance Awards.

Watch her recall her This is Your Life experience here:


Michaela Prince

A war torn orphan, who was ridiculed for having a skin condition and told repeatedly that she would never be adopted, Michaela Prince found solace in a magazine photo of a ballerina. Against all odds she succeeded in becoming one of the ballet world’s most exciting rising stars. Watch her story here:


Anna Teresa DerKeersmaeker

Choreographer Anna Teresa DerKeersmaeker began by studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, and made her first choreographic work Asch in 1980 followed two years later by the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. She went on to found the Rosas Dans Rosas company, produce numerous ground breaking choreographies that work meticulously with composers, music and live scores, and established the performing arts and research school P.A.R.T.S in 1995.

DerKeersmaeker is still making work and you can book tickets to her most recent piece Golden Hours (As You Like It) here: http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2016/anne-teresa-de-keersmaeker-rosas-golden-hours/

Or watch a section of one of her most renowned work 'Rosas Dans Rosas' here:













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