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Sir Anton Dolin Dancer and choreographer Anton Dolin has been called one of the most colorful and vital figures in modern ballet As a member of internationally known ballet companies or as director of his own troupes this British-born artist has toured Europe and America for the past twenty years Anton Dolin originally Patrick Healey-Kay was born on July 27 1904 in Slinfold Sussex England He is one of the three sons of George Henry and Helen Maude Healey Kay When he was ten years of age his parents moved from Slinfold to Brighton It was at about this time that the boy made up his mind to become a dancer Although his parents tried to discourage him from dancing they sent him to Miss Claire James Academy of Dancing and later to the Misses Grace and Lily Cone who came to London each week to give lessons in Brighton After the boy danced and acted at the Brighton Hippodrome Theatre the manager of the theater suggested that he be sent to London for training in dramatics In the metropolis Pat studied under Italia Conti and at the same time he attended the Pitman School for instruction in stenography and French In 1917 a month after attending a performance of Princess Seraphina Astafievas Swinburne Ballet the thirteen-year-old boy registered for lessons with the Russian ballerina A former pupil of the Imperial School and at one time principal dancer in the Diaghilev Ballet Russe Astafieva was then conducting the only school of Russian ballet in London which stressed the importance of the individual dancer in ballet After Pat had been her student for about four years the famous Diaghilev visited the school one day in search of promising young dancers for extras in The Sleeping Princess It was then that the seventeen-year-old youth was given his first dancing bit a part in Diaghilevs chorus The Sleeping Princess had a three-month run after which the young
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