Even before her retirement in 2007, dame Darcey Bussell was widely acclaimed as one of the great British ballerinas, and her legacy continues to inspire aspiring dancers the world over to this day.
So, in this video, and in honour of World Ballet Day, celebrated annually every October since its inception in 2014, we take a look at Bussell’s career as a prima ballerina.
Trained at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School, Bussell started her professional career at Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, but after only one year she moved to the Royal Ballet, where she became a principal dancer at the age of 20 in 1989.
Bussell remained with The Royal Ballet for her whole career, spanning more than two decades, but also performed as a guest artist with many leading companies, including NYCB, La Scala Theatre Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and the Australian Ballet.
Today, Bussell is forging new paths in television, books and modelling, while supporting numerous British and international charities and dance institutions. Yet, no matter where her pursuits may take her, the world will always associate her name with the pinnacle of dance.
View the original video here.
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