NINETTE  DE VALOIS  1898 - 2001 


Ninette de Valois  was an anglo-Irish dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director of classical ballet. She began life in Ireland as Edris Stannus. Most notably, she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, later establishing the Royal Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century and still one of the leading ballet companies in the world. Later in her life, Valois said that everything she knew about how to run a ballet company she learned from working with Diaghilev. She also established the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of ballet and as the "godmother" of English and Irish ballet.

Ninette de Valois was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) on 1 January 1947 and was promoted Dame Commander (DBE) on 1 January 1951. She became a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) on 31 December 1981 and was honoured by HM The Queenwith the Order of Merit (OM) on 2 January 1992.

"Portrait of Ninette de Valois"

Author Rinat Kuramshin


Ninette de Valois

Photo. "Sadlers Wells Theatre"

Photo. "Ninette de Valois

in ballet class"

Photo. Opera house

Covent Garden