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Quiz: Ballet in Great Britain

1. Which ballet company will you find in Covent Garden?

a) Birmingham Royal Ballet

b) The Royal Ballet

c) English National Ballet

d) Paris Opera Ballet

2. Which ballerina released a series of children’s books called The Magic Ballerina?

a) Darcey Bussell

b) Alina Cojocaru

c) Margot Fonteyn

d) Alessandra Ferri

3. Carlos Acosta is a Principal Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet. Which country is his homeland?

a) Argentina

b) Cuba

c) Mexico

d) Spain

4. In what city was The Scottish Ballet founded in 1957?

a) Glasgow

b) Edinburgh

c) Aberdeen

d) Bristol

5. Which British choreographer created the diverse works Somnambulism, Elite Syncopations and Mayerling?

a) Michael Clark

b) Christopher Wheeldon

c) Sir Frederick Ashton

d) Sir Kenneth MacMillan

6. Who said, “The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous”?

a) Dame Margot Fonteyn

b) Roland Petit

c) Rudolf Nureyev

d) Sir Robert Helpmann

7. The Royal Ballet was founded in 1931 by:

a) Nicholas Sergeyev

b) Sir Frederick Ashton

c) Dame Ninette de Valois

d) Dame Margot Fonteyn

8. Which of the following is not a work by Sir Frederick Ashton?

a) Façade

b) Les Patineurs

c) Western Symphony

d) Daphnis et Chloë

9. By which name was the English National Ballet formerly known?

a) London Festival Ballet

b) Sadlers Wells Ballet

c) Vic-Wells Ballet

d) British Ballet

10. True or false: The Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet is Wayne Eagling.


1 – b; 2 – a; 3 – b; 4 – d; 5 – d; 6 – a; 7 – c; 8 – c; 9 – a; 10 – false

Photo (top): The Royal Ballet’s Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon. Photo Johan Persson, courtesy ROH.


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