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Jeanetta Laurence

Biography

Jeanetta Laurence is the former Associate Director of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with The Royal Ballet Touring Company and The Royal Ballet’s New Group. She worked with the Company in an administrative capacity 1990–2015, during which time she worked closely with Directors Anthony Dowell, Ross Stretton, Monica Mason and Kevin O’Hare.

Born in Oxford, Laurence trained with June Christian and at The Royal Ballet School, and in 1969 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. She became Assistant Director in 2003 and Associate Director in 2009.

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. She was awarded an OBE in 2015.

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Associate Director of The Royal Ballet Jeanetta Laurence among those recognized in the 2015 New Year Honours list


31 December 2014
Associate Director of The Royal Ballet Jeanetta Laurence among those recognized in the 2015 New Year Honours list


Royal Opera House designers Es Devlin and Tom Piper, and director Richard Jones, also receive honours.

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