“First of all, the most important, that is to learn everything good that has survived from other times, and carefully to watch the bad – and throw it out”
Ninette de Valois
6 June 1898, Blessington, County Wicklow – 8 March 2001, London
Dame Ninette de Valois (born Edris Stannus) was an Irish-born British dancer, teacher, choreographer and director of classical ballet.
Most notably, she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, later establishing The Royal Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century and one of the leading ballet companies in the world today.
She also established the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of ballet and as the ‘godmother’ of English ballet.
Checkmate created by the choreographer Ninette de Valois The Duel
Dame Ninette de Valois – This Is Your Life Interview