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AMAZING: Former Royal Opera House ballerina visits dance academy thanks to Radlett care home

 Published on: 19th July 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A former Royal Ballet star is continuing her lifelong passion for dance, after enjoying a dance practice and performance, thanks to Water Mill House care home in Hemel Hempstead.

96 year old Romayne Grigorova MBE, has performed over 650 times at the Royal Opera House, has choreographed and coached dancers such as Sir Lawrence Olivier and was even appointed Ballet Mistress to The Royal Opera House in 1970.

She continued performing in productions at the venue, which is home to the Royal Ballet Company, in acting roles until the age of 85, and in 2017 Romayne received an MBE for Services to Dance.

Water Mill House, the Hemel care home where Romayne stays, treated the ex-dancer to a day out at Bovingdon Dance Academy, where she watched the dancer’s rehearsals and even offered them tips.

Romayne said: “I was so fortunate to have such a wonderful career and it means the world to me that I can continue my love for dance here at Water Mill House.”

After the rehearsal, Romayne gave the class a signed ballet book, which was returned with the class presenting her with a bouquet of flowers. Romayne told the class to ‘always think of your turnout, and don’t worry it will grow, it always grows.’

Victoria Forsythe, home manager at Water Mill House, said: “Romayne is a wonderful character and never ceases to amaze me. It was such a pleasure to take Romayne out to the ballet school and to watch a professional performance.

“It’s so important that our residents can continue to enjoy their passions – as well as discover new ones – when they come to live with us. Romayne is an inspiration to us all and it’s an honour to have her as part of our Water Mill family.”

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