Canadian dancer Jennifer Penney is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She won acclaim for her pure classical line, and inspired such choreographers as Kenneth MacMillan, Hans van Manen and John Neumeier.
Penney was born in Vancouver. She trained in British Columbia with Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally before entering The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1962. She graduated into the Company in 1963 and was promoted to Principal in 1970. Her role creations included in MacMillan’s Seven Deadly Sins, Elite Syncopations, Four Seasons, La Fin du jour, Gloria and Orpheus, in Van Manen’s Four Schumann Pieces and in Neumeier’s Fourth Symphony. She also created sections of MacMillan’s Manon, including the Act III Swamp Pas de deux.
Penney’s other roles with The Royal Ballet included Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Clara (Rudolf Nureyev’s The Nutcracker), Juliet, the Aristocrat (Mam’zelle Angot) and roles in Song of the Earth, Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night and Symphonic Variations. She retired from the Company in 1988. Her awards include a 1980 Evening Standard award.
Wayne Eagling as Des Grieux, Jennifer Penney as Manon and David Drew as the Gaoler in Manon
David Drew, Monica Mason, David Wall, Jennifer Penney, Anthony Dowell and members of The Royal Ballet during the curtain call for Manon
Wayne Eagling as Des Grieux and Jennifer Penney as Manon in Manon 1978
Jennifer Penney as Manon and Wayne Eagling as Des Grieux in Manon
Jennifer Penney as Manon and David Drew as the Gaoler in Manon 1978
Jennifer Penney receiving the New Standard award from HRH The Princess Margaret during her curtain call after Manon
David Wall, Kenneth MacMillan, Jennifer Penney and Anthony Dowell during the curtain call for Manon
Jennifer Penney receiving the New Standard award from HRH The Princess Margaret during her curtain call after Manon 1981
Jennifer Penney as Manon, Wayne Eagling as Des Grieux and David Drew as the Gaoler in Manon 1978