Lesley Collier

(b. 1947)

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(b Orpington, 13 Mar. 1947)

British dancer. She studied with Irene Ayres and at the Royal Ballet School, where she danced the leading role in The Two Pigeons at her graduation performance. She joined the Royal Ballet in 1965 and was promoted to principal in 1972. During her three decades with the Royal Ballet she danced all the ballerina roles in the repertoire, celebrated for the authority and musicality of her interpretations. She was particularly associated with Lise in Ashton's La Fille mal gardée, a role which showcased her flair for comedy, and with Giselle. She also created roles in MacMillan's Elite Syncopations (1974) and Four Seasons (1975), van Manen's Four Schumann Pieces (1975), Ashton's Rhapsody (with Baryshnikov, 1980), Tetley's Dances of Albion (1980), and Miranda in Nureyev's The Tempest (1982). For David Bintley she created roles in Consort Lessons (1983), Galanteries (1986), and Roxane in Cyrano (1991). Following her retirement from the stage in 1995, she taught at the Royal Ballet School and was ballet mistress with the Royal.

Subjects: Dance.

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