Bryony Brind obituary

Unconventional ballet dancer and a favourite of choreographers trying out new works

When she was still a pupil at the Royal Ballet school, it was clear that Bryony Brind, who has died from a heart attack aged 55, had the potential to reach the heights of her chosen profession. So it was no great surprise when she was plucked from the corps de ballet in 1981, aged 20 and in only her third season with the Royal Ballet, to dance the lead in Swan Lake.

Her successful debut in the role was hailed as a happy portent for the Royal Ballet, which was seen by many observers as being in the doldrums, with technical standards slipping and many of its former stars either retired or nearing the end of their careers. Brind was a departure from the traditional Royal Ballet dancer; she was tall and extremely slender, with long legs, a flexible back and high extensions, but with swift, neat footwork – an unusual combination at the time.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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