Jeanetta Laurence is Associate Director of The Royal Ballet. Appointed to the role in 2009, she works closely with Director Kevin O’Hare and during her time with the Company has worked with former Directors Anthony Dowell, Ross Stretton and Monica Mason.
Born in Oxford, Laurence trained with June Christian and at The Royal Ballet School. Her dancing career began in 1969 when she joined The Royal Ballet Touring Company. In 1970, she joined The Royal Ballet’s New Group, which in 1976 became Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. During this time she was promoted to Soloist and created roles in ballets by Jack Carter, Ronald Hynd, Joe Layton and Lynn Seymour, among others. Shortly after being made Assistant Ballet Mistress in 1978, Laurence left the Company to have a family.
In 1983, she founded Dance Directory, an agency for freelance dancers and choreographers, with fellow dancer Rashna Homji, which ran successfully for eight years. She left the agency to work for director and choreographer Gillian Lynne in a commercial capacity before joining The Royal Ballet as Artistic Administrator in 1990. The position of Assistant Director followed in 2003 before she took up her current role.
Laurence is a Trustee of the Frederick Ashton Foundation, which exists to perpetuate the legacy and work of the Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.