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dancer , Ballerina

Bryony Brind, British ballerina. Recipient Prix de Lausanne award, 1977, Benson & Hedges award, 1981.

Background

Brind, Bryony was born on May 27, 1960 in Plymouth, Devon, England. Daughter of Roger Michael Atchley and Jenifer Mary St. John (Grey) Brind.

Education

Student, Royal Ballet School, 1976—1978.

Career

She started at the Royal Ballet School in 1971 at age 11, and joined the Royal Ballet itself in 1978, developing a supple body and flexibility. In 1981, she danced the lead role in the Royal Ballet's Swan Lake, and her fame increased the next year when she partnered Rudolf Nureyev at Covent Garden in La Bayadere: Kingdom of the Shades. With Nureyev, she also danced the Siren in George Balanchine's The Prodigal Son, and as Miranda in his own ballet of The Tempest.

She was promoted to principal in 1984. Brind created roles in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody (1980), Glen Tetley's Dances of Albion (1980), Kenneth MacMillan's Orpheus (1982), David Bintley's Young Apollo (1984) and Michael Corder's Party Game (1984). Her final lead role was in David Bintley's The Planets in 1990.

In 1991, Brind left The Royal Ballet to pursue a freelance career as a dancer and actress, which included appearances with London City Ballet and Dance Advance. She also taught at the Arts Educational Schools London. She appeared on TV in The Ghosts of Oxford Street and The House of Eliott.

Brind was married twice. Her first husband was Anglo-Greek businessman Skevos Theodorou. The year-long marriage ended in divorce in 1998.

Her second marriage, in 2001, was to Ian McCorquodale, son of novelist Dame Barbara Cartland. Brind died of a heart attack on 2 December 2015. Her second husband survives her.

Achievements

  • 1977 : Prix de Lausanne. Scholarship1981 : Laurence Olivier Award. Outstanding First Achievement of the Year in Ballet.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Music, art.

Connections

father:
Roger Michael Atchley Brind

mother:
Jenifer Mary St. John (Grey) Brind