Brian Shaw


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(orig. Earnshaw; b Huddersfield, 28 Jun. 1928; d London, 2 Apr. 1992)

British dancer and teacher. He studied at the Sadler's Wells School and joined Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1944, becoming soloist and principal. He was one of the finest classical male dancers of his generation, creating roles in Ashton's Symphonic Variations (1946), Ondine (1958), and Monotones (1966). He also created roles in Cranko's Prince of the Pagodas (1957) and MacMillan's Noctambules (1956). He was an outstandingly virtuoso Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty. He became a principal teacher with the company in 1972 and received the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award in 1975.

Subjects: Dance.

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