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Remembering former Royal Ballet dancer Annette Page 1932-2017

The former Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet passed away on 2 December 2017.

By Alasdair Steven (Music writer)

7 December 2017 at 5.31pm | 3 Comments

The Royal Ballet is deeply saddened at the news of the death of former Royal Ballet Principal dancer Annette Page, at the age of 84.

Page grew up in Manchester and began ballet classes at the age of four. She was given a scholarship to study at the Sadler’s Wells School (now The Royal Ballet School) by Ninette de Valois and joined the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet in 1950. She became a soloist in 1954 and a year later transferred to Covent Garden. She was promoted to Principal in 1959.

Her repertory was wide and varied, including Mikhail Fokine’s The Firebird, Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Biches, Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering, Cinderella, La Fille mal gardée, Façade, Scènes de ballet and Symphonic Variations, John Cranko’s Card Game and Kenneth MacMillan’s Agon, Danses Concertantes, Noctambules and Romeo and Juliet. She danced the major classics, including The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, frequently partnered by her husband Ronald Hynd. Her other dance partners included David Blair, Desmond Doyle, Christopher Gable, Donald MacLeary and Rudolf Nureyev.

After retiring from dancing, she assisted Ronald Hynd while he was director of the Bavarian State Opera Ballet in Munich (1970-1973), and was a Member of the Arts Council of Great Britain.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, paid this tribute: ‘It is with great sadness we learn that Annette Page has died. I had the pleasure of knowing Annette in her later years and of course had heard and read about her qualities as a beautiful ballerina of The Royal Ballet. With her striking looks and sensitive musicality, she was much admired across the range of the many roles she danced. Together she and Ronald were an instrumental part of the Company becoming what it is today and I remember fondly the recent 60th wedding anniversary celebrations for this very special couple. Annette remained incredibly generous and supportive of all we do and we will always be grateful for the immense contribution she made to The Royal Ballet.’

By Alasdair Steven (Music writer)

7 December 2017 at 5.31pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Annette Page, news, obituary

This article has 3 comments

  1. Nina Battleday responded on 8 December 2017 at 5:10pm Reply

    I admired her performances greatly, particularly given her huge range. A very funny Queen of Hearts in Card Game, lovely Aurora and above all a Juliet who, to my mind, has never been bettered. She was an excellent technician but this was allied to a superb stage presence.

  2. Dorothy May responded on 9 December 2017 at 9:16pm Reply

    I was very saddened to hear of Annette`s death. I was a close friend of her sister Gillian,and so was the fortunate beneficiary of many visits to Covent Garden to see Annette dance, instilling in me a great love of the ballet and I am a Friend of Coven Garden to the present day. I knew her family well and was with her parents for Annette`s final performance before her retirement. Her contribution to the ballet world, along with her husband Ronald, was something for which we are all grateful,

  3. Katie Barnes responded on 10 December 2017 at 7:17pm Reply

    I am so sad to learn of the passing of one of my earliest ballet heroines. She was Lise in my first Royal Ballet performance, La Fille mal Gardee in 1966. In the winter of the 1966/67 season, the company's ballerinas dropped out, one after another - Merle Park absent, Seymour gone to Berlin, Beriosova, Sibley and Mason injured - and Page subbed for the lot of them, night after night. Heaven knows how she and her gallant partner, Christopher Gable, managed it. She danced divinely every time. An astonishing achievement.

    We'll remember you, Annette. Now you're dancing for the angels.

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