70th Anniversary – Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin: Britain’s First Ballet Superstars


Day course

Bridgett Vane

3 June 2021


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70 years ago Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin founded Festival Ballet with the help of Polish impresario Julian Braunsweg.

English National Ballet celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2020.  It was originally formed as Festival Ballet to celebrate the forthcoming Festival of Britain; later it was called London Festival Ballet.  Today ENB is a world-renowned ballet company.  It owes its existence to the co-founders, Markova and Dolin, along with Polish impresario Julian Braunsweg.

This talk will focus on the fascinating story of all three from their earliest days to how they arrived together in 1950 to found Festival Ballet.

We will explore these superstars through discussion, archive film clips and  DVDs to illustrate.

Tutor information

Bridgett Vane trained as a dancer and dance teacher. After running a dancing and theatrical retail business, she was press and marketing manager for Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre. A former dance adviser to Southern Arts Association, she was a founder of Southampton Dance Circle, and assisted in the running of the Southern Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing. Bridgett’s work is based on extensive up-to-the-minute research, combining her knowledge and engagement with ballet and dance with a passion for history.

Covid information

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