Dame Beryl with deputy head girl Ellie Shipton and fellow sixth former Becky Byrne, on a visit to Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar
Published: 18 May, 2012
by PETER GRUNER
THE former prima ballerina Dame Beryl Grey, now 84, attended Dame Alice Owen’s School when it was in Goswell Road, Finsbury, just round the corner from Sadler’s Wells.
After leaving school at 14 to take up a scholarship at Sadler’s Wells – while still living at home – Dame Beryl began to establish her outstanding dancing career.
She performed in Swan Lake on her 15th birthday and The Sleeping Beauty aged 19.
Later she was also the first Western guest artiste to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet in 1957-58.
Returning last week to Dame Alice Owen’s, now in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, she met deputy head girl Ellie Shipton and fellow sixth former Becky Byrne, pictured, who gave her a special tour of the present site.
The school is to celebrate its 400th anniversary next year at the Royal Albert Hall and all Old Owenians are being invited.