(b Romford, 21 Sept. 1931)
British dance critic and writer. He was educated at Bordeaux and Oxford Universities, becoming ballet critic of the Spectator (1966–70) and dance critic of the Financial Times since 1970. As one of Britain's pre-eminent critics he has additionally published numerous books including Ballet for All (with P. Brinson, London, 1970, revised edition, 1980); Ballet: An Illustrated History (with M. Clarke, London, 1973, revised edition, 1992); Making a Ballet (with Clarke, London, 1974); Ballet in Art (with Clarke, 1976); Design for Ballet (with Clarke, London, 1978); Introducing Ballet (with Clarke, 1978); History of Dance (with Clarke, London, 1981); The Balletgoer's Guide (with Clarke, 1981); Dancer (with Clarke, 1984); and Ballerina (with Clarke, 1987). He was also librarian and archivist of the Royal Academy of Dancing (1963–85) and archivist from 1985. His honours include Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award, Royal Academy of Dancing, 1992. Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark, 1992.