Peter Brinson


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(b Llandudno, 6 Mar. 1923; d London, 7 Apr. 1995)

British writer and dance educator. He was educated at Oxford University, graduating in 1948 to become scriptwriter and research director of the London Film Centre (1948–53). He wrote and produced the first stereoscopic ballet film, The Black Swan, in 1952; was editor of Pavlova (1954); and lectured on ballet at Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of London (1954–64). In 1964 he was founder-director of the Royal Ballet's Ballet for All; an initiative designed to introduce young people to theatrical dance. Briefly director of the Royal Academy of Dance (1968–9), his other posts included director of the British and Commonwealth Branch of the Gulbenkian Foundation (1971–82); head of research and community development at the Laban Centre, London (1982–7), and professor of dance at York University in Toronto. He chaired a national enquiry into the state of dance in education (1975–80) and wrote its concluding enquiry, Dance Education and Training in Britain (London, 1980). He was also author of The Choreographic Art (with van Praagh, London, 1963); The Polite World (with Joan Wildeblood, London, 1965); Background to European Ballet (London, 1966); Ballet for All (with Clement Crisp, London, 1970); Dance as Education: Towards a National Dance Culture (1991).

Subjects: Dance.

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