Beryl Goldwyn

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Beryl Goldwyn, in Les Sylphides, Ballet Rambert
Beryl Goldwyn, in Gala Performance, Ballet Rambert

Beryl Goldwyn - now Beryl Karney - (born 1930) is an English ballet dancer.

Born near London, she started dancing at the age of three. She attended the Royal Ballet School[1] and performed with the Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Princess (The Sleeping Beauty), with Dame Margot Fonteyn, when the Royal Opera House reopened after the World War II in 1946. She danced with the Anglo Polish Ballet in 1949.,[2] and she joined the Ballet Rambert in 1950, later becoming its prima ballerina.[3] She danced numerous roles, including Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Gala Performance, and The Sleeping Beauty, but her most celebrated was the part of Giselle.

In 1953 The Times wrote about her performance of Giselle:[4]

Her natural grace of carriage, and the effortless line which allows her. limbs to shape themselves, in attitude or in motion, into always fluent and satisfying patterns, help her to bridge the gap between the Giselle of both acts. When she rises from the tomb, or rather is revealed before it, she begins to dance with the dignity and poise of the Wili; but these are qualities, on a more ethereal plane, that have marked her dancing in pas-de-deux and solo when she was yet alive. Miss Goldwyn is a gifted and charming dancer; she can act too, as a convincing representation of the mad scene vividly showed.

She performed in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, and at the Baalbek festival in Lebanon, where she shared the programme with Fairuz (فيروز) the famous Lebanese singer and legend.[5]

In 1996 and 1997 she performed again with the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in Don Quixote, with Sylvie Guillem, fifty years after her first performance there.

She is an accomplished flamenco dancer after studying with Milagros Mengíbar in Sevilla, Spain.

She studied painting with Maggi Hambling and held an exhibition of her works in Saint Martin's Gallery, Trafalgar Square in London.

In 1969 she married the scientist, engineer and businessman Andrew Karney. They have a son Peter Karney (1972 - ).

She now lives in Herefordshire.

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