26 July 2018 at 4.10pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Ballet is deeply saddened at the news of the death of former Royal Ballet Principal dancer Diana Vere, at the age of 75.
Diana was born in Trinidad in 1942 and trained at The Royal Ballet School between 1959 and 1962, during which time she won the Adeline Genée Medal. She joined the Company in 1962 and was promoted to Principal in 1970. Her repertory included Swanilda, Lise, Grand Duchess Maria (Anastasia), The Wife (The Invitation), Grey Girl (Les Biches), Pas de quatre (Swan Lake) and roles in Romeo and Juliet, Monotones and Danses Concertantes. Her major success as a dancer came in 1971, when she danced the role of Giselle at short notice after Antoinette Sibley fell ill. In 1970 she married fellow Royal Ballet dancer Gary Sherwood, with whom she had a daughter, Melanie, in 1973. She retired from The Royal Ballet in 1974.
Monica Mason, former Director of The Royal Ballet, paid this tribute:
‘Diana Vere, or Foxie as she was affectionately known, was a very talented dancer and a real artist. She had natural charm along with exceptional musicality, and her wonderful sense of humour made her a great colleague. She was loved by all who knew her and worked with her.’