Bridgett Vane

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Bridgett took ballet lessons as a child and her hobby grew into a passion – when she left school Bridgett went
on to full-time training as a dancer/dance teacher in classical ballet, modern, tap, Greek dance, national and contemporary dance.

After running a successful ballet and theatrical store in Southampton, Bridgett took up the post of press and marketing manager for Southampton’s repertory theatre, the Nuffield, working with such names as George Cole, Timothy West, Angela Thorne, Jason Connery and many more … She also served on the Dance Panel for Southern Arts Association; as vice-chairman of Southampton Dance Circle she was responsible for booking and looking after many of the guest speakers and teachers including Sir Anton Dolin, Dame Beryl Grey, David Bintley, Desmond Kelly, Marion Tait, John Field, Christopher Bannerman, and stars of all the major companies including English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance. Bridgett also assisted in the running of the Southern Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing for a long number of years.

Bridgett combines her knowledge and engagement with ballet and dance with a passion for history. She looks at the fuller picture, bringing the story of ballet to life as real people and momentous events are interwoven in time, helping shape the development of the wonderful art-form which is ballet – sometimes in surprising ways. From the birth of ballet during the Renaissance to today, ballet has a fascinating story to tell with many amazing and colourful people shaping its development.

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