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David Blair Edit Profile

ballet dancer.

David Blair, British ballet dancer. Decorated commander Order of British Empire. Member Sadler’s Wells Ballet (now Royal Ballet), 1948-1973, premier dancer, 1955-1973.

Background

Blair, David was born on July 27, 1932 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Son of John and Zette Carolyne Elizabeth (Whiteley) Blair.

Education

Educated Trinity School, Halifax, also Royal Ballet School, London.

Career

Member Sadler’s Wells Ballet (now Royal Ballet), 1948-1973, premier dancer, 1955-1973. Principal roles include The Catch, 1948, Children’s Corner, 1948, Captain Belaye in Pineapple Poll, 1950-1951, 59, Franz in Coppelia, 1951, Blue Bird, 1950, Red Knight in Checkmate, 1953, the miller in Three-Cornered Hat, 1953, prince in Cinderella, 1956, prince in Sleeping Beauty, 1955, prince in Swan Lake, 1955, Albrecht in Giselle, 1955, lead in premiere Prince of the Pagodas, 1957, Petroushka, 1959, Rake, 1950, Satan in Job, 1959, Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee, 1960. Partner Alicia Markova in Giselle, 1957, Margot Fonteyn, 1956.

United States tours with ballet company, 1951-1952, 53, 55, 57, 60, 63, 65. Choreographer Swan Lake for American Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, 1967, Giselle, 1968.

Membership

Member Sadler’s Wells Ballet (now Royal Ballet), 1948-1973, premier dancer, 1955-1973.

Connections

Married Maryon Lane, June 22, 1957. Children: Catherine and Diana (twins).

father:
John Blair

mother:
Zette Carolyne Elizabeth (Whiteley) Blair

spouse:
Maryon Lane

child:
Catherine and Diana Blair (twins)