Annette Page

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Annette Page (born 1932) is an English former ballerina.

Life[edit]

Brought up in Manchester, Page began to take ballet classes when she was about four. This led to her taking Royal Academy of Dance exams, and seeing the Royal Ballet in Manchester persuaded her to pursue a dance career. When she was twelve she auditioned for Ninette de Valois, who offered her a scholarship to attend the Royal Ballet School, at which she began during the final year of the Second World War.

At the age of seventeen she was given a contract by Sadlers Wells, the Royal Ballet's touring company, and a year later joined the Royal Ballet.[1] began to .[2]

Page's debut in 1949 was as the balletic dog 'Pepe' in a revival of the 1930s one-act ballet A Wedding Bouquet,[3] She did however rise to become a principal ballerina dancing all the great classical and romantic roles, usually partnered by her husband Ronald Hynd. Other partners included Christopher Gable, Donald MacLeary, Anthony Dowell and Rudolph Nureyev, with whom she danced The Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere. Her farewell performance was in April 1967 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where she danced the role of Lise in Ashton's La fille mal gardée. And her final performance was as Cinderella with the Royal Ballet in Seattle, in which she had created a record by dancing the role twice in one day at the Royal Opera House.

She was later to assist her husband (Ronald Hynd) during his directorship of The Bavarian State Ballet, Munich and was a Member of The Arts Council of Great Britain. Her daughter, Louise was born in April 1968.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dean Speer & Francis Timlin, A Very Merry Couple Ronald Hynd and Annette Page talk about dancing, PNB and Merry Widow from Ballet-Dance magazine dated April 2005 online at ballet-dance.com, accessed 28 April 2012
  2. ^ Adrian Room, Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 assumed names and their origins (2010), p. 365: "Annette Page: Annette Hynd, (1932–), Eng. ballet dancer, wife of Ronald Hynd.
  3. ^ , based on a play by Gertrude Stein, was first produced by the Vic-Wells Ballet (later the Sadler's Wells Ballet) on 27 April 1937; choreographed by Frederick Ashton; Dance Magazine promptly reported a rumour that she was being "groomed to succeed Fonteyn in the distant future This young dancer is from the Sadler's Wells School, where she was first taught by Mme. Volkova. The rumour that she is being groomed to succeed Fonteyn in the distant future may be mere wishful thinking, but it is sincerely wishful."