Stanley Holden

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This article is about the ballet dancer and choreographer. For the cricketer, see Stanley Holden (cricketer).

Stanley Holden (27 January 1928 – 11 May 2007), born Stanley Herbert Waller, was a British American ballet dancer and choreographer.

Born in London, he joined the Royal Ballet in 1944 and won notice for performing numerous character roles, especially "Widow Simone" in the 1960 production of La fille mal gardée by Frederick Ashton. After retiring in 1969, he moved to California to teach and perform.[1]

He died from heart disease and colon cancer in Thousand Oaks, California.[2] He is survived by a wife Judy Holden,and two daughters and one son from his previous marriage to Stella Farrance who was also a Ballet dancer in the Royal Ballet.[3]


  1. ^ Pasles, Chris (13 May 2007). Stanley Holden, 79; dancer who taught for years in Southland. Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (15 May 2007). Stanley Holden, 79, a Dancer and Prominent Ballet Teacher, Is DeadNew York Times
  3. ^ Times Obituary: Stanley Holden The Times

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