Julia Farron

(b. 1922)

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(b London, 22 Jul. 1922)

British dancer and teacher. She studied at the Cone- Ripman school and became the first scholarship pupil to attend the Sadler's Wells Ballet School in 1931. When she joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1936 she was its most junior member. A crisp, elegant dancer with strong dramatic talents she created roles in several ballets, most notably Princess Belle Épine in Cranko's Prince of the Pagodas (1957), but while remaining with the company until 1961 she failed to join its top rank of ballerinas. After retiring as a dancer she continued to perform some mime roles, e.g. Lady Capulet in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet which she created in 1965. She also taught at the Royal Ballet School and between 1983 and 1989 was artistic director, then director, of the Royal Academy of Dancing. She married the choreographer Alfred Rodrigues.

Subjects: Dance.

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