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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday and Mona Inglesby

Throwback Thursday and Mona Inglesby

In the world of ballet history, Mona Inglesby isn’t exactly a household name. But once, for a brief time, she was more famous than Margot Fonteyn.

While living in London as a teenager, she was noticed by Marie Rambert, and went on to study with Vera Volkova. During the war she drove an ambulance, but dance was never far from her mind. She decided she could help the war effort more by producing ballets to lift the spirits of the public.

That’s how, at age 22, Mona Inglesby founded the International Ballet. It survived entirely on box-office receipts – an amazing feat. Dancers who joined this new company included Maurice Béjart, Moira Shearer, Henry Danton and Harold Turner. Soon it was Britain’s largest ballet company. In the early 1950s, Ms. Inglesby was featured on the cover of a magazine that also carried a story on a young dancer named Margot Fonteyn.

Sadly, her company didn’t last. Soon after a performance before an audience of 32,000 people in Verona, the International Ballet folded. It was December 1953.

Despite her accomplishments, publishers rejected her memoirs so she self-published them as: Ballet in the Blitz: the History of a Ballet Company.

Mona Inglesby died in 2006.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #75:  
“Mona Inglesby founded the British ballet company called The International Ballet.

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“I believe that ballet should be seen in every reasonable corner of the country, for everyone to enjoy the immense pleasure which this art creates.”
-          Mona Inglesby

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