Schools Get Dancing with Darcey Bussell
Dame Darcey Bussell is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet and one of the most famous British dancers of her generation. During her nearly twenty years as a Principal of the Company she was renown for her unique combination of a tall, athletic physique with soft lyricism. Her extensive broadcast work includes appearing as a judge on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and presenting The Royal Ballet’s cinema simulcasts, broadcast worldwide. Darcey trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in 1988. She was promoted to Principal in 1989 after the premiere of Kenneth MacMillan’s The Prince of the Pagodas. She came out of retirement to dance the Spirit of the Flame at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, leading a troupe of 200 dancers. In 2016, Darcey launched a dance fitness brand called DDMIX (Diverse dance mix). Working with choreographer and dancer, Nathan Clarke, DDMIX is designed to be a new, enjoyable way to exercise and experience different dance styles from around the world without getting too technical on any specific style. It features dance aspects from various styles including: Irish, tango, waltz, jive, Bollywood, disco, flamenco, salsa and 1960's twist, among others. Darcey was appointed OBE in the 1995 New Year Honours for services to ballet, CBE in the 2006 Birthday Honours and DBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to dance.