BALLERINA Dame Beryl Grey visited the Legat School of Dance at St Bede’s School.
Dame Beryl, the school’s patron, 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 on to achieve world-renowned status as a ballerina.
The 85-year-old 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 – both ground- breaking events.
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.
Dame Beryl had lunch with students before heading down to the dance studios to watch classes and rehearsals for Legat’s forthcoming Spring Showcase. She also held a masterclass.