Biography of Ray Powel (1925-VVVV)

Dancer and teacher of British ballet, born in Hitchin (Herfordshire), in 1925.

It was formed in Sadler completo Wells Ballet School, in whose company he debuted in 1941. Between 1944 and 1947 he made a break to serve in the army, and the following year returned to the company for dancing as a soloist. It highlighted especially in roles of character, as Carabosse in sleeping beauty and one of the stepsisters in Cinderella, and participated in the premiere of the Ballet: Hamlet (1942) by Robert Helpmann, The Quest (1943) and Madame Chrysanthème (1955) of Frederick Ashton, Promenade (1943) and Don Quixote (1950) of Ninette de Valois, Veneziana (1953) of Andrée Howard, and The Lady and The Fool (1954) and Prince of the Pagodas (1957) of John Cranko. In 1962 he went to Australia as the Australian Ballet Master, company from which most later assumed the leadership.