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Helen

25-03-00, 08:40 AM (GMT)
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"Ann Jenner"
 
   Can anyone tell me anything about the later career of Ann Jenner, Royal Ballet dancer in the 60s and 70s? Did she go to Australia or America or both?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Ann Jenner Caz 26-03-00 1
     RE: Ann Jenner patricia 26-03-00 2
     RE: Ann Jenner Helen 26-03-00 3
         RE: Ann Jenner grace 27-03-00 4
             RE: Ann Jenner anna 13-03-01 5
                 RE: Ann Jenner Helen 13-03-01 6
                     RE: Ann Jenner Susan Busby 24-10-01 7
     RE: Ann Jenner Renee Renouf 29-10-01 11
         RE: Ann Jenner pmeja 29-10-01 12
  RE: Ann Jenner Ted 28-10-01 8
     RE: Ann Jenner Helen 28-10-01 9
         RE: Ann Jenner alymer 28-10-01 10
             RE: Ann Jenner Helen 29-10-01 13

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Caz

26-03-00, 10:29 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   >Can anyone tell me anything about the
>later career of Ann Jenner, Royal
>Ballet dancer in the 60s and
>70s? Did she go to Australia
>or America or both?

Ann Jenner was one of my favourite dancers when I was a kid. I don't know what she's doing now, but she left the RB in 1978 and joined the Australian Ballet. In 1985 she joined the San Franciso Ballet and it's school staff, so maybe someone in America would have more up to date details.
Hope that helps a bit.

Caz!



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patricia

26-03-00, 10:55 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   i was in san francisco in 1985 and remember ann jenner as the wife of a san francisco ballet dancer named dale baker (australian i believe). she taught in the school but did not dance with the company. i think they were there for about a year or so.


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Helen

26-03-00, 11:00 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   LAST EDITED ON 26-Mar-00 AT 11:03 AM (GMT)

Thank you so much, Caz and Patricia. She was a great favourite of mine, too, when I was a student. She was absolutely wonderful in "Fille", and at her debut as Lise got more flowers than I have ever seen before or since. She was very popular.


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grace

27-03-00, 02:10 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   the last time i was in melbourne (3? or 4? years ago), ann jenner was working as a sales assistant in bloch's ballet wear shop at the southbank centre.

since then, i believe i heard that she is teaching somewhere in melbourne...


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anna

13-03-01, 12:36 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   Ann Jenner is still married to Dale Baker and they live in Melbourne. Dale is teaching at the Australian Ballet School. Anne teaches there part time. I think they have two sons.


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Helen

13-03-01, 12:53 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   Anna - thank you for resurrecting this old thread. I am most interested to hear any news of Ann. I didn't know she had sons - I wonder if they can dance?


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Susan Busby

24-10-01, 01:35 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   Having put a message re Ann Jenner on the Internet only a couple of days ago I had a reply, which came to nothing, apart from seeing that the San Francisco Ballet website is amazing! Suddenly just now, I came across all this correspondence re Ann Jenner's whereabouts (thank you, Jeeves) and I feel as though I have found a long lost friend! She was my favourite RB dancer and I was really miffed when she left for Australia. Ann Jenner was a superb Lise and Juliet but I will never forget her tripping down a sunbeam (special effects, of course!) in the then RB production of Sleeping Beauty, along with Lesley Collier and Jenny Penney. Sibley was Aurora. The critics didn't like that production but the audience certainly did.

I pulled up an old 'RB in Bermuda' programme from 1962 (UKDirectory.com) and used a screen grab picture of Ann for my Computer course Internet assignment.

I am relocating back to the London area from Cornwall after fifteen years here so that we can enjoy the crush on Floral Street before we get too old. Best wishes.


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Renee Renouf

29-10-01, 05:45 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   >>
>
>Ann Jenner was one of my
>favourite dancers when I was
>a kid.
> In 1985 she joined
>the San Franciso Ballet and
>it's school staff, so maybe
>someone in America would have
>more up to date details.
>
>Hope that helps a bit.
>
>Caz!

The year 1985 would have been year one or two of Helgi Tomasson's
as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet. We got some principals from the National Ballet of Canada but, to the best of my knowledge, no principal female dancers from the Royal Ballet.

A couple of dancers came from the Paris Opera - Averty among them and Giles, but only Bruce Sansome from the Royal.


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pmeja

29-10-01, 06:56 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   as i had earlier responded, that was actually the year 1984-85, when dale baker spent a brief period as a principal with the company and ann jenner taught in the school, which was michael smuin's last year as director.


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Ted

28-10-01, 01:09 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   I don't know the whereabout of Ann Jenner but I kind of remember something about her when she was with the Royal. It was her debut in the Beauty partnered by either Desmond Kelly or David Wall and she was rushed to hospital after Act I because of appendicitis. The rest of the performance was completed by Doreen Wells who was apparently spotted in the audience. I wonder if anyone remember this incident or can correct me accordingly. She was a very fine dancer indeed and I certainly have very fond memory of her although I didn't see much of her dancing the principal roles - she was the matinee cast like Kelly and Penny in her days, a real pity indeed.


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Helen

28-10-01, 02:05 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   I wasn't at this performance but remember hearing about it - what an absolutely nightmarish thing to happen to a dancer! Can you imagine trying to dance the Rose Adagio with appendicitis? I think I wrote to her after it. It might have been her second performance rather than her debut.

If anybody was there, it would be interesting to hear about it.

I am very pleased that this thread keeps coming back. I think it is generally thought that Ann Jenner wasn't given enough opportunities at RB - there was a great deal of competition at the time (Sibley, Park, Seymour, even Fonteyn for some of the time)- but audiences loved her, and she generally got very good reviews. I'm sure there are dancers now feeling exactly the same.

I am pretty sure she lives in Melbourne now. A Tarantella choreographed by her was (charmingly) performed at the RBS matinee in the summer.


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alymer

28-10-01, 05:57 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   I was at that performance. It was Desmond Kelly's debut as Florimund in that production. There was clearly something wrong with Jenner during Act I and she was taken off to hospital with acute appendicitis in the interval. The understudy had left the theatre and the other covers were telephoned but they were either unreachable, or in one case, announced that she was entertaining guests to dinner and couldn't possibly leave them - or so I heard. Brenda Last from the touring company was in the audience to see Kelly's debut. She was recovering from a fairly serious injury, had started to do a barre but hadn't had pointe shoes on for six months.
She went backstage for a drink in the canteen in the interval after Act I and was going back to the auditorium via the stage to wish Desmond good luck. He told her what had happened and the performance was likely to be cancelled. Her reply was to the effect that "Don't worry, they'll find someone. Everyone knows Aurora; even I know Aurora" (she'd danced it twice but her role was Florine). She stopped briefly to day hello to Garry Grant and then found that she was being dragged back into a dressing room
They gave her Makarova's tutu, Alfreda Thorogood's headdress. She borrowed tights and they brought her shoes up from the shoe room, stitched ribbon on them and pushed her on stage without makeup, and without her ever having seen that production. Faith Worth stood in the wings and called out directions.
That she managed at all was a tribute to her professionalism,; that she gave a real performance was a tribute to her schooling - she was one of Vera Volkova's pupils. Jenner very sweetly, despite her pain, thought to ask that her flowers be given to whoever took over.
At the end of the performance Kenneth MacMillan asked Last if she would do the next performance, partnering David Ashmole, dancing his first ever Florimund, but without the possibility of a rehearsal. She declined, saying she'd like to dance the role again, but with a rehearsal and was told yes, of course. It never happened though.


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Helen

29-10-01, 04:08 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Ann Jenner"
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   Thank you for all those details, alymer. What an astonishing story. It makes you realise that all the unlikely stories you read in ballet novels in childhood, about dreadful illnesses overtaking the heroine on the very day of the performance, and unprepared substitutes taking over (and succeeding) at the last minute, are not so far-fetched after all.


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