Janet Lewis MBE
After a distinguished career as a dancer with The Royal Ballet and dancing principal roles with London Festival Ballet alongside such famous artists as Dame Margot Fonteyn, Dame Beryl Grey and John Gilpin, Janet Lewis co-founded her own ballet company – The Lewis London Ballet in 1984, which toured throughout the UK for 10 years. Currently, Janet Lewis Enterprises is breaking new ground with Virtuoso a new company of 5 ballet dancers and the notable concert pianist Alvin Moisey in a series of music concerts during the summer 2005. Prior to forming her own company in 1984 Janet Lewis was Artistic Director of Dublin City Ballet, British Ballet Theatre and The Genee Ballet, she has directed, staged, produced and choreographed over fifty ballets since 1980. Notable productions include Sir Anton Dolin’s Giselle, her own full length Nutcracker performed at The Bloomsbury Theatre, The Sleeping Beauty and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland together with The Tale of Sleeping Beauty performed at the Sadlers Wells Theatre.
Her depth of knowledge, professionalism and personal approach are the hallmark of her work. In 1998 she was ballet choreographer of the successful professional touring production of Spirit of the Dance. Later that year Miss Lewis launched English Youth Ballet in order to give young dancers outside London an opportunity to perform classical ballet within a professional setting. This has proved so successful that English Youth Ballet currently stage 8 productions a year throughout the regions of the UK