Posted on March 17, 2022 by Angie
At Hythe Care Homes all our residents are wonderful. With this in mind we would like to celebrate some of their amazing life stories and histories with you.
PROFESSIONAL BALLET DANCER
Rosey has been a resident of Saltwood since May 2018.
Rosey has had a fascinating career and loves to talk about her fantastic achievements.
Here is what Rosey said . . . . . . I was the youngest of five children and the only girl. Having four older brothers my mum thought I was a bit of a tomboy, and I always thought that was why she decided to enrol me in to ballet lessons at 5 years old. It turned out to be a good decision as I took to it immediately and loved it!
I carried on studying and passed my ballet exams, going on to join the Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company, which is now known as The Royal Ballet in London.
I loved being a professional ballet dancer and have so many fantastic memories and experiences. I was in the 1954 production of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream ‘. It was a huge production featuring the Old Vic Theatre Company, as well as a full ballet. I starred in the Corps de Ballet. We premiered at the Edinburgh Festival before touring across America, starting on Broadway in New York. It was hard work and a lot of travelling and rehearsing, but fantastic times – ‘those were the days!’
One of my favourite productions was when I starred in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and to this day I think Tchaikovsky is my favourite composers to listen to.
In my career I have done many things, I have been on television, modelled and even danced in a film- ‘The man who loved redheads’.
When I married, I retired from the Royal Ballet and, coincidentally, had four lovely sons. I have never been shy of hard work!
After having my children, I taught ballet at Beaconsfield school of dance in Buckinghamshire. I taught many wonderful children and one of my pupils actually ended up becoming my daughter in law!
I had a very busy and interesting career and worked hard. I have fond memories of all of it, even when things were hard work or difficult – “the show must go on!”
WHAT AN AMAZING LIFE STORY ABOUT AN AMAZING LADY!!!!