Diana Gould


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(b London, 12 Nov. 1912; d 25 Jan. 2003)

British dancer. She studied with Rambert in London and Egorova in Paris, dancing with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes at the age of 13 and later with Pavlova. She was one of the leading soloists in the early days of Ballet Rambert where she created roles in Ashton's Leda and the Swan (1928) and Capriol Suite (1930), in Tudor's The Planets (1934), and in de Valois's Bar aux Folies-Bergère (1934). She also danced with Balanchine's Les Ballets 1933. After leaving Rambert in 1935 she danced briefly with de Basil's Ballets Russes, with the Markova-Dolin company (1935–7), and with the Arts Theatre Ballet (1940–1). She also appeared as an actress and was in a touring production of The Merry Widow (1944–6). She retired from the stage after marrying the violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1947.

Subjects: Dance.

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