Alexander Bennett, who died last week, danced for many years with both the Royal Ballet and Ballet Rambert, and later directed several groups in America, as well as mounting the classics for other companies all over the world.
as the Prince in Sleeping Beauty
Although he took up ballet far too late ever to become a virtuoso, and his training was also interrupted by two years of National Service, he was taken into Ballet Rambert in 1950 and within three years was dancing Albrecht in Giselle. He moved to the touring Royal Ballet company in 1956 and became a principal dancer, being known especially for his performances in Les Sylphides, which he danced over 100 times - more than anyone else in that company's history. He was the second person to dance the role of the Husband in MacMillan's The Invitation, and also danced the leads in Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia.
He returned to Rambert for a while - the first time I ever went to Sadler's Wells I saw him as James in La Sylphide - and eventually went to America, where he was artistic director of several companies including the Scottish-American Ballet, which he brought to Edinburgh several times.At the time of his death he had returned to Scotland and was working on his own version of Swan Lake for Ballet West.