Leslie Edwards


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(b Teddington, 6 Aug. 1916; d 8 Feb. 2001)

British dancer and ballet master. He studied with Rambert and at Sadler's Wells Ballet School making his debut with the Vic-Wells Ballet (later Sadler's Wells and Royal Ballet) in 1933. Apart from two seasons with Ballet Rambert (1935–7) he stayed with the company until retiring in 1993. He was one of its finest character dancers, and created roles in, for example, de Valois's The Rake's Progress (1935), Ashton's Enigma Variations (1968), Tales of Beatrice Potter (1971), and La Fille mal gardée (1975), Helpmann's Miracle in the Gorbals (1944), Massine's Donald of the Burthens (1951), MacMillan's Noctambules (1956), and Cranko's Prince of the Pagodas (1957) and Antigone (1959). From 1958 he was teacher at Royal Ballet School and ballet master for Royal Opera and from 1967 was director of the Royal Ballet Choreographic Group. In 1962 he was guest director of Washington Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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