World famous ballerina twirls in for school visit

WORLD FAMOUS BALLERINA Dame Beryl Grey visited students in her role as patron of the Legat School of Dance at St Bede's School in Upper Dicker.
WORLD FAMOUS BALLERINA Dame Beryl Grey visited students in her role as patron of the Legat School of Dance at St Bede's School in Upper Dicker.
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WORLD FAMOUS BALLERINA Dame Beryl Grey visited students in her role as patron of the Legat School of Dance at St Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker.

The Dame, aged 85, even did a perfect pirouette to inspire students during her tour on March 6.

Ellie Stoddart, spokeswoman for St Bede’s, said the visit was a delight for students and staff.

She said: “Dame Beryl had lunch with some of our students before heading down to the dance studios to watch class and rehearsals for Legat’s forthcoming Spring Showcase.

“After watching the class, Dame Beryl gave our students an impromptu masterclass, offering constructive corrections and encouragement in equal measure.

“The afternoon was truly inspirational for staff and students alike, and we all look forward to welcoming Dame Beryl back to Legat very soon.”

Dame Beryl trained at the Sadlers Wells School, and was taken into the company aged 14.

She performed Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on her 15th birthday, and went to achieve world-renowned status as a ballerina.

Among her many accomplishments, she was the first western ballerina ever to appear as a guest with the Bolshoi Ballet, and to appear with the Peking Ballet and Shanghai company with a Chinese partner.

Dame Beryl is now the UK’s leading advocate for ballet, is life president of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance), vice president of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and is on the board of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.