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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Phyllis Bedells

Throwback Thursday and Phyllis Bedells

Ethel Phyllis Bedells was born on August 9, 1893 in Bristol, England. She studied ballet with such notables as Adolph Bolm, Enrico Cecchetti, and Anna Pavlova.

In 1907 she became a dancer at the London Empire Theatre and in 1914 became their first British prima ballerina. In 1916 she began performing in West End musical revues and opera ballets at Covent Garden. She was also an actress, known for Fairyland (1916) and The Land of Mystery (1920).

In 1920 she went on to become one of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Dance and helped create its syllabus. She was a dancer and choreographer of the Camargo Society, and in 1931 she performed as a guest artist with the Vic-Wells Ballet.

In 1935 she retired from the stage and became a teacher and an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. In 1954 her autobiography, My Dancing Days was published. The annual Phyllis Bedells Bursary was established in her honor in 1979.

Phyllis Bedells died on May 2, 1985 in Oxfordshire, England.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History  Secret #320:
“Phyllis Bedells was an English ballerina.”

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