Dame Beryl’s life is defined by her love of dance. Her life and career spanned the period that saw the flowering of British ballet. Knowing and working with virtually everyone in the dance world, she reveals fascinating insights into the people, characters and institutions that made up world dance in the 20th century. Grey began her dancing career with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in 1941 at the unprecedented early age of 14. Her natural virtuosity saw her quickly promoted to prima ballerina, dancing her first Giselle at 17, and Princess Aurora at 19. Dame Beryl became the first English dancer to appear as a ballerina at the Bolshoi and the Kirov, as well as with the Peking Ballet. Throughout WWII, Dame Beryl continued to perform throughout the country, despite the dangers. This autobiography provides a fascinating and personal insight into an extraordinary woman, her life and career.
Beryl Grey, now 90, one of the UK’s brilliant dancers, danced her first Odette at 15.She writes of her time with the Royal Ballet, her international career as guest artist, her numerous travels abroad... She gives a vivid record of her relationship with Ninette de Valois... and what it was like to work with Rudolf Nureyev...Grey describes the chaos and venomous backstabbing in detail.' Mature Times