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June Brae

(1917—2000) ballet dancer


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British dancer. One of the principal stars of the Vic-Wells Ballet during the 1930s. She studied with George Goncharov in Shanghai (where she met Fonteyn), with Legat in London, and Kschessinska in Paris. She joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1935 and while additionally guesting with Ballet Rambert was promoted to principal with the Vic-Wells in 1936, creating the role of the Black Queen in de Valois's Checkmate (1937), the Rich Girl in Ashton's Nocturne (1936), and Josephine in his A Wedding Bouquet (1937). She also created roles in Ashton's Les Patineurs (1937), Harlequin in the Street (1937), and Dante Sonata (1940). She retired in 1942, but made a brief comeback in 1946, dancing with the Sadler's Wells Opera Ballet, where she created roles in Helpmann's Adam Zero and Howard's Assembly Ball. In 1981 she appeared at a gala marking the 50th anniversary of Sadler's Wells, performing in the orgy scene from de Valois's The Rake's Progress.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Dance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Dance.


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