Dame Beryl Grey CH DBE
Dame Beryl Grey began taking Ballet lessons at the age of four. Aged ten, she was given a scholarship to the Vic-Wells Ballet School and joined Sadler’s Wells Ballet four years later. In 1957 she made Ballet history, dancing Odette/Odile with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and Giselle with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad.
Dame Beryl continued to dance as a guest ballerina with companies throughout the world until the mid-1960s. In 1966 she became Director General of the Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd), and Governor of London Festival Ballet (today’s English National Ballet (ENB), where she later served as Artistic Director (1968-79).
Dame Beryl Grey has received numerous honorary doctorates in recognition for her work. She was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1973 and became a Dame of the same order (DBE) in 1988.