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Sad news today that Anne Heaton has passed away.








For immediate release — 05/05/2020



Anne with husband and bbodance Director, John Field


bbodance mourns the loss of
renowned dancer and former Director,
Anne Heaton


bbodance is very sad to announce the passing of former Director, renowned ballet dancer and teacher, Anne Heaton. She passed away last Friday at the age of 89.

Together with her husband, 
John Field, Anne developed the existing bbodance Classical Ballet syllabus. As a result of their stewardship, bbodance syllabi and examinations were recognised by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT).

The bbodance Classical Ballet syllabi have been carefully adapted to the digital medium in recent years; every care was taken to preserve Anne and John's original work.

Anne was a principal dancer with 
Sadler's Wells Ballet between 1948 and 1959. She excelled in Romantic ballets such as Giselle and created roles for Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. She retired from the stage due to injury and went on to teach at the Arts Educational School.

John Field, CBE was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and one of the founders of Birmingham Royal Ballet. He later became Director of La Scala in Milan.

Anne's loss is especially poignant for bbodance, as it comes so close to their 90th anniversary and the loss of former CEO and Artistic Director, John Travis earlier this spring.

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She was a tremendous dance actor and wonderful in Giselle. She supported her husband, John Field, in his work as a director- one of the very best ballet directors of the last century, helping to mould the likes of Lynn Seymour and David Wall by developing their understanding of drama and all the arts.

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