About the Book
In this memoir, Richard Glasstone draws on some sixty years of experience as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer to record many different aspects of the history and development of ballet in South Africa, Holland, Turkey and China, as well as under three different regimes at London’s Royal Ballet School. The son of pioneering Anglo-Jewish parents, Richard was born in the former Belgian Congo and was exposed from early childhood to languages as diverse as French, Flemish, Swahili and Ladino. His love of languages has continued throughout his life, leading him to study Turkish, Dutch, Mandarin and Yiddish. His has indeed been a life linked by languages.
Trained in Cape Town and London, Richard Glasstone was Resident Choreographer to The Turkish State Ballet Company prior to being invited by Dame Ninette de Valois to join the staff of The Royal Ballet School where, for many years, he held the posts of Senior Teacher for Boys and Director of the Dance Composition Course. He has written several books on ballet and has also contributed many articles to a number of distinguished dance publications.