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Helen Starr, Louisville Ballet

Helen Starr

Helen Starr, associate artistic director and school artistic director of the Louisville Ballet, has danced and taught in 36 countries on five continents. She was born in Kent, England and trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Royal Ballet School. Graduating into the Royal Ballet, she toured extensively throughout the world as a soloist and assistant ballet mistress, working with Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Dame Ninette de Valois D.B.E., John Cranko, Leonide Massine, and Rudolf Nureyev and dancing in their ballets as well as the classics.

Helen joined the London Festival Ballet and was made a principal dancer after dancing Odette in Swan Lake. A.V. Coton of London’s Sunday Telegraph wrote, “Helen Starr’s performance as Odette shows a dancer of great lyrical powers; her dancing wholly embodies the requirements of ballet by smoothly exploiting her effortless technical skill and her fully involved personality; she is the sensation of this summer’s ballet in London.” After this, she danced the leading roles in Giselle, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, Scheherazade, Prince Igor, Noir et Blanc, La Sonnambula, Bourree Fantasque, and The Sleeping Beauty. Another critic, Clement Crisp of the London Financial Times, wrote, “Performance honors of the evening must go to Helen Starr’s Lilac Fairy.”

As a founding member of the New London Ballet, Helen danced in Cyprus, Turkey, India, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. She has staged ballets in Europe and the United States: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Fete Etrange, and Ashton’s Les Patineurs, plus original productions of Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. Her partners have included such luminaries as John Gilpin, Andre Prokovsky, Peter Schaufuss, Peter Martins, Frank Augustyn, Alexander Lunev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov—with whom she danced La Sonnambula, the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, and Petrouchka.

Recognized nationwide as a fine ballet teacher and coach, Helen has also danced several roles with the Louisville Ballet, including Odette in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Juliet, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Colette in Paradise Gained, Desdemona in The Moor’s Povane, and Hecuba in The Trojan Women.

Program 212

We're back!!! We have a brand new look and feel to our show!!! This week's show includes a one-on-one discussion with dancer, Helen Starr, a visit to Fiber Focus Kentucky 2000, and live performances by the Juggernaut Jug Band. (#212)


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