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Marguerite Porter MBE, in conversation with Gerald Dowler

Monday 29 January, 7.30 pm

Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HJ

Payment at the door, members £5, guests £8

Marguerite is an English former principal ballet dancer, turned actress and choreographer. Born in Doncaster, Marguerite trained in Yorkshire and at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she was taught by Dame Ninette De Valois. She joined The Royal Ballet, where she became Senior Principal Ballerina in 1978. In a 20-year association, she danced all the major roles, including Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake alongside Rudolf Nureyev, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Hamlet, and the title role in productions of Manon, Giselle, Daphnis and Chloe among others. After leaving the Royal Ballet, she became a guest artiste for a further three years, during which time she published her autobiography Ballerina, A Dancer’s Life. She has made numerous appearances with English National Ballet. Marguerite made her Broadway debut as the Queen in Matthew Bourne’s production of Swan Lake. She also made a video based on ballet called Balletcise. Her television and films roles have included The Magic of the Dance with Margot Fonteyn, and the British Institute film Comrade Lady, directed by Nobby Clark and choreographed by David Bintley. She has since become an accomplished choreographer, including productions of The Garden of Eros for London City Ballet and Dancing at Lughnasa. From 2005 to 2017 Marguerite was the Director of the prestigious Yorkshire Ballet Summer School that has a longstanding relationship with the London Ballet Circle. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to ballet. In 2015 she was granted an Honorary Doctorate by York University.

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The Dining Room, First Floor, Civil Service Club, 13-15 Gt Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ

We are most grateful to all members who suggested possible venues for our meetings, following the announcement that we could no longer use Waterstone's in Piccadilly. The Civil Service Club has been investigated and found to be suitable for our needs, with many advantages and good transport links. Gt Scotland Yard, off Whitehall, is easily reached from Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross main line or underground (Northern and Bakerloo lines) and Embankment (District, Northern and District lines), and not all that far from Leicester Square underground, for those of us wedded to the Piccadilly line. You can check the venue on the map by clicking here. The room we shall be using is the Dining Room on the first floor (there is a lift). There are toilets on the ground and second floors. We are welcome to use the bar on the ground floor which is open until 11pm.

Please note: although this will be our main venue in the foreseeable future we may also use other premises, so it is important to take note of what is printed in the newsletter.

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