from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • De Valois, Dame Ninette Originally Edris Stannus. 1898-2001. Irish-born British dancer and choreographer who danced with the Ballets Russes from 1926 to 1929 and then returned to London, where she later founded the Sadler's Wells Ballet, which became the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden (1956).


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