Ballet NEWS | Fifty years of the ballet by Colin Jones

ballet dancers on stage

Members of the Royal Ballet Company taking the applause on stage during their last night in Tokyo , Japan .

This January, Proud Galleries is pleased to announce the launch of its first ever dedicated Ballet exhibition – Fifty Years of the Ballet, photographs by Colin Jones.

Born in 1936 as the son of an East London printer, Colin Jones spent his youth struggling with dyslexia and illiteracy. He was evacuated three times during the Second World War, and thus attended 13 schools before the age of 16. Eventually, after several years of ballet lessons which he took as he preferred the idea of being a dancer to a road sweeper, Jones won a scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in 1953, and soon embarked on a career with its touring company. After buying his first camera on tour in Japan (running an errand for Dame Margot Fonteyn) Jones embarked on a six-month trial with the Observer, and so his photography career began.

male ballet dancers warm up at the barre

Boys class at the Kirov Ballet School , Rossi Street , Leningrad ( St Petersburg ) , USSR . Photograph : © Colin Jones /

Proud Galleries has been granted unique access into Jones’ archive and has uncovered breathtaking prints which showcase life behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet School. Including portraits and action shots of ballet superstars such as Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Ninette de Valois, this exhibition reveals the glamour and elegance of the ballet as well as the gruelling regimes the dancers endured and the behind the scenes shots of rehearsals and dressing rooms. An intimate photographic portrait of life at the Royal Ballet, taken by one of the most prolific and celebrated British photographers of post-war Britain.

ballet danceres adjusting pointe shoes

English National Ballet - Hong Kong - 1999 Photograph : © Colin Jones /

The exhibition will run from 13th January to 6th March 2011 and the opening times are :

Mon-Wed & Sun 10am – 7pm

Thurs & Sat 10am – 8pm

Entry is free and Proud Gallery is situated at 161 Kings Road, London, SW1 5XP

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2 Responses to Ballet NEWS | Fifty years of the ballet by Colin Jones

  1. Rachel @ Inspiration in Italy December 21, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    What a beautiful story about Colin Jones, and the photos are beyond stunning!

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