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Alexander Grant memorial service on Friday 27 April

Life of former Royal Ballet dancer celebrated with service in Covent Garden church.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

23 April 2012 at 4.35pm | 1 Comment

A service of thanksgiving for the life of former Royal Ballet dancer Alexander Grant is to be held at noon on Friday April 27. All are welcome at the service at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden.

Alexander Grant was born in 1925 in Wellington, New Zealand. In 1946 he moved to the United Kingdom where he took a place at the Sadler's Wells Ballet School. He subsequently became a member of the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet before subsequently transferring to what became The Royal Ballet. His career was particularly associated with the ballets of Frederick Ashton including La Fille mal gardée, currently onstage at The Royal Opera House. On hearing of Alexander's death, Director of The Royal Ballet, Monica Mason announced that the revival of this particular ballet will be dedicated to the dancer's memory. Alexander left the company in 1976 to become Artistic Director at the National Ballet of Canada, continuing to dance all the while. He died in September 2011 aged 86.

View a gallery of photos taken over Alexander's career with The Royal Ballet:

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

23 April 2012 at 4.35pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged alexander grant, Ballet, Dance, Frederick Ashton, La Fille mal gardee, National Ballet of Canada, obituary, Sadler's Wells, St Paul's Church

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  1. Sharon Smithers responded on 24 April 2012 at 3:26pm Reply

    Alexander Grant was such a talented dancer with the Royal Ballet, he will be remembered as a character dancer in many ballets. What a shame he has passed away, but he had a good life no doubt.

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