With the publication of my book on John Cranko, I thought some readers might be interested to know something about the author.
Even in the early years of my training at the Junior and Senior Royal Ballet Schools I knew that I wanted to choreograph. My bedroom was divided into stage and seating area: my father, a musician who worked at the Royal Opera House helped me to erect a curtain and even ‘borrowed’ a row of footlights for me. There, I made up plays and dances and generally organised what my friends should do in these ‘events’. (My wife thinks I am still a control freak!)
I was fortunate to spend several years as a dancer in Stuttgart Ballet where John Cranko encouraged my first choreography, and to go on to be a founding member of Scottish Ballet and dance as a Soloist with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Nonetheless, the later years that I spent choreographing, directing and teaching were the most productive and satisfying part of my career
A NAPAC Dance Company Archive: photos, casts, programmes, where is she/he now? and more about the marvellous NDC years 1985-1990 !
On this website there’s information about some of my proudest achievements. You’ll be pleased to know that I’m not subjecting you to an endless account of my six-decade career in ballet, but i hope you will find some interesting facts about my time in Stuttgart, the UK, Africa, and Australasia, as well as what led me to write a book about John Cranko and his ballets. At last (it’s now February 2023) the book is published to wide acclaim. Please visit the book’s website – here it is, just click on this link: www.crankobiography.com
…and if you were part of the saga of my career at any time or in any way –
I’d love to hear from you!