Three Visionary Women Who Shaped The Story of British Ballet – Lilian Baylis, Marie Rambert and Ninette de Valois


Day course

Bridgett Vane

29 October 2020


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At the beginning of the 20th Century ballet in England had a tenuous foothold through ballerinas such as Danish-born Adeline Genée.

Step forward three remarkable women:  Marie Rambert, Ninette De Valois and Lilian Baylis. All three lives were touched by war and ill health.  Their story and that of British ballet is indeed set against the backdrop of wars and turbulent times.   They fought hard to overcome limited resources and to pursue their vision.

We will explore each of these visionary women 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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Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.