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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Rowena Jackson

Throwback Thursday and Rowena Jackson

Born on March 24, 1926 in Invercargill, New Zealand, Rowena Othlie Jackson became the first student from this country to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dancing in England. In 1946 she entered the Sadler’s Wells school and went on to join their company. From 1954-1957 she danced with the Royal Ballet.

Rowena Jackson was known for her amazing turns. A Dictionary of Modern Ballet says: “Rowena Jackson has a special gift for fast and brilliant turns. She holds the world record for multiple fouett├ęs performed sur place.”

In 1958 she married fellow dancer Philip Chatfield and the following year retired from the Royal Ballet and returned to New Zealand, becoming artistic director of the New Zealand Ballet Company.

The Rowena Jackson Retirement Village in New Zealand is named for her.


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 94
“Rowena Jackson was a New Zealand ballerina known for her turning ability.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Just to improve.”
- Rowena Jackson, when asked about her ambition in life

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