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Cranko, John Cyril (1927–1973), ballet dancer and choreographer, was born on 15 August 1927 in Rustenburg, about 60 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa, the only child of Herbert Cranko, a lawyer who later went on to practise in Johannesburg itself, and his wife, ...

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John Cyril Cranko (1927–1973) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1956 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Franca, Celia [real name Nita Celia Franks] (1921–2007), ballet dancer, choreographer, and ballet director, was born on 25 June 1921 at 57 Nicholas Street, Mile End, London, the daughter of Solomon Franks, boot salesman, later ladies' outfitter, and his wife, Gertie, née...

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Celia Franca (1921–2007) by Janine, 1960 courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada archives

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Grant, Alexander Marshall (1925–2011), dancer and ballet director, was born on 22 February 1925 in Wellington, New Zealand, the elder son of Alexander Grant, hotelier, and his wife, Eleather. He was educated at Wellington College. From the age of seven he had dancing lessons from local teachers, ...

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Morrice, Norman Alexander (1931–2008), choreographer and ballet director, was born on 10 September 1931 in Agua Dulce, Mexico, the younger child of British parents, his father being an oil engineer. Brought up from the age of six by his grandmother at Aboyne, Scotland...

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Valois, Dame Ninette de [real name Edris Stannus; married name Edris Connell] (1898–2001), ballet dancer, choreographer, and founder of the Royal Ballet, was born on 7 June 1898 at Baltiboys, a country estate near Blessington, co. Wicklow, Ireland, the younger daughter and second of four children of ...

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Dame Ninette de Valois (1898–2001) by Gordon Anthony, 1937 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wall, David Richard (1946–2013), ballet dancer and ballet master, was born in Chiswick on 15 March 1946, and was adopted by Charles Wall, a transport manager, and his wife, Dorothy. He attended Hygeia House primary school in Staines and then Halliford School, Shepperton...