|Ninette de Valois|
Ninette de Valois at age 16
June 6, 1898
Baltiboys, County Wicklow, Ireland
|Died||March 8, 2001 (aged 102)|
Barnes, London, England
|Occupation||Choreographer, dancer and company director|
Dame Ninette de Valois, OM, CH, DBE (June 6, 1898 – March 8, 2001) was the founder of London's renowned Royal Ballet. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1898 ( MDCCCXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. The Order of Merit is a British and Commonwealth Order bestowed by the Monarch. The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1898 ( MDCCCXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The Royal Ballet is an internationally renowned Classical ballet company based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England Born Edris Stannus in Baltiboys, County Wicklow, Ireland, Stannus began dancing in 1908 at age ten, and became noticed throughout England because of her graceful movements. County Wicklow (Contae Chill Mhantáin is a county on the east coast of Ireland, immediately south of Dublin. Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world Year 1908 ( MCMVIII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland She legally changed her name to Ninette de Valois in 1921. Year 1921 ( MCMXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1921 calendar of the Gregorian calendar She danced with Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, although she was never a major Ballets Russes star. Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (Серге́й Па́влович Дя́гилев / Sergei Pavlovich Dyagilev) also referred to as Serge, ( March 31, She retired in 1926 at age 28 in order to promote ballet throughout Europe. Year 1926 ( MCMXXVI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Ballet is a formalized form of Dance with its origins in the French court further developed in France and Russia as a Concert dance
In 1928 however she was engaged by Lilian Baylis to be director of her Sadler's Wells Ballet. Year 1928 ( MCMXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Lilian Mary Baylis CH ( 9 May 1874 – 25 November 1937) was an English Theatrical producer and manager Sadler's Wells Theatre is the name of six theatres that have been built since 1683 at a site on Rosebery Avenue Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington Under de Valois' direction this company grew to became the "Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet Company" then split to become the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Covent Garden's Royal Ballet. The Birmingham Royal Ballet ( BRB) is one of the UK's foremost Ballet companies based at the Birmingham Hippodrome in Birmingham, WikipediaWikiProject Opera --> The Royal Opera House is an Opera house and major performing The Royal Ballet is an internationally renowned Classical ballet company based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England She also founded the Royal Ballet School. The Royal Ballet School is a specialist co-educational School based in London, England.
De Valois was almost singlehandedly responsible for British ballet. She modelled her company after the Imperial Ballet of Russia, and emphasized dancing a mix of classical ballets and contemporary works. She cultivated talents slowly, and invited Sir Frederick Ashton to be the chief choreographer at her company. See also List of ballets choreographed by Frederick Ashton,, Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton OM, CH, CBE, ( September Eventually, her company became one of the starriest in the world, with dancers like Margot Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann, Moira Shearer, Beryl Grey, and Michael Somes. "Dame Margot" redirects here For the medieval trouvère see Dames Margot and Maroie. Sir Robert Murray Helpmann CBE (9 April 1909 – 28 September 1986 was an Australian dancer actor director and Choreographer. Moira Shearer Lady Kennedy ( 17 January, 1926 &ndash 31 January, 2006) was an internationally famous Scottish ballet dancer Dame Beryl Grey DBE, DMus, DLitt, EdD, FRSA (born 11 June 1927, Highgate) is a British ballet dancer Michael George Somes CBE ( 28 September 1917 &ndash 18 November 1994) was a leading English Ballet dancer In 1949 the Sadler Wells Ballet was a sensation when they toured the United States. Margot Fonteyn instantly became an international celebrity. During early 1950s, with the help of de Valois, the first ballet school of Turkish State Opera and Ballet in İstanbul was established. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive The State Opera and Ballet (Devlet Opera ve Balesi is the national directorate of Opera and Ballet companies of Turkey, with venues in Ankara Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see the other Names of Istanbul) is the largest city of Turkey
De Valois was not one to rest on laurels, though. She made sure that her company had a constant supply of talent, and in later years the company had such stars as Svetlana Beriosova, Antoinette Sibley, Nadia Nerina, Lynn Seymour, and, most sensationally, Rudolf Nureyev. Svetlana Beriosova ( 24 September 1932 - 10 November 1998) was a British prima ballerina who danced with the Royal Ballet of England Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE (b 1939 Bromley, Kent, England) is an English Prima ballerina. Nadia Nerina ( 21 October 1927 - 6 October 2008) was a South African Ballerina. Lynn Seymour (born Wainwright; 8 March 1939) is a retired Canadian Ballerina. Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev ( Tatar: Rudolf Xämät ulı Nuriev, Russian: Рудольф Хаметович Нуриев de Valois also invited choreographers like Sir Kenneth MacMillan and George Balanchine to work with her company. Kenneth MacMillan ( December 11, 1929 - October 29, 1992) was a Scottish Ballet dancer and Choreographer See also List of ballets by George Balanchine, George Balanchine (January 22 1904 &ndash April 30 1983 born Giorgi Melitonis dze Balanchivadze She formally retired from the Royal Ballet in 1963, but her presence continued to loom large in the company.
She was known as very stern and formidable, and perhaps for that reason someone gave her the nickname 'Madam. ' The nickname stuck, and from then on even in formal articles and interviews she was called 'Madam. ' She would good-naturedly sign 'Madam' in correspondence.
In 1935, she married Arthur Connell, an Irish surgeon who died in 1986 but they had no children. 
She continued to make public appearances until her death at age 102.
De Valois was awarded the French Légion d'honneur in 1950, and was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1951, a Companion of Honour in 1982. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Dame is the female equivalent of address to Sir for a British Knighthood. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order. In 1992 she was awarded the Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is a British and Commonwealth Order bestowed by the Monarch. Her other awards included:
Ninette de Valois was the cousin of author Wei Wu Wei. The University of Aberdeen is an Ancient university founded in 1495, in Old Aberdeen, Scotland. The University of Sussex is a British Campus university which is situated next to the East Sussex village of Falmer, and is from Brighton Durham University is a University in Durham, England. It was founded as the University of Durham (which remains its official and legal name The University of Sheffield is a research University, located in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. Terence James Stannus Gray ( 14 September 1895 – 5 January 1986) better known by the Pen name Wei Wu Wei