Margaret Dale


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(b Newcastle upon Tyne, 30 Dec. 1922; d London, 28 Jan. 2010)

British dancer, choreographer, and television director. She studied with Nellie Potts and from 1937 at the Sadler's Wells School, joining Vic-Wells Ballet in 1938 where she became soloist in 1942. She created roles in de Valois's The Prospect Before Us (1940) and Helpmann's Comus (1942) as well as dancing many character roles. In 1953 she choreographed The Great Detective for Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet and between 1951 and 1955 created six ballets for BBC TV. In 1954 she left the Royal Ballet to work with the BBC where she produced and directed many dance programmes until leaving in 1976 to become associate professor and chairman of the Dance Department at York University, Canada, remaining in those posts for one year.

Subjects: Dance.

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