Stanley Holden


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(b London, 27 Jan. 1928; d Thousand Oaks, CA, 11 May 2007)

British dancer and teacher. He studied at the Bush-Davies School and Sadler's Wells School, joining Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1944. In 1948, after military service he joined Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet where he created Pierrot in Cranko's Harlequin in April (1951). After teaching in S. Africa (1954–7) he returned to Touring Royal Ballet, becoming a soloist with the Royal Ballet (1958–60) and then principal (1960–9). An exuberant dancer but with a capacity for almost Chaplinesqe pathos, he was best known for character roles especially Widow Simone in Ashton's La Fille mal gardée which he created in 1960. In 1970 he became director of the Dance Academy of the Performing Arts Council in Los Angeles, and in 1972 opened his own school, Holden Dance Center. This closed in 1997, after which Holden taught in Culver City.

Subjects: Dance.

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