for her inspirational coaching at Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company.
Canadian prima ballerina Lynn Seymour
, 62; Born under the name of Lynn Springbrett, Seymour went to England in 1954, where she danced with the Covent Garden Opera Ballet before joining the Royal Ballet in 1957, for which her creations include the bride in Kenneth MacMillan's Le Baiser de la Fee (1960) and the girl in Les Deux Pigeons (1961).
Diana herself recalls the empowering experience of working with the legendary Lynn Seymour
, who coached her for the SFB's company premier of Kenneth McMillan's The Invitation.
This happened when Lynn Seymour
taught me the subtleties of Five Brahms Waltzes In The Manner Of Isadora Duncan, which took me eventually to an awards nomination.
Palmer has gathered or recycled commentaries by Nureyev, Ashton, Lynn Seymour
, Robert Helpmann, Roland Petit, Ninette de Valois, Monica Mason, Michael Somes, Beryl Grey, biographer Meredith Daneman, and Dance Magazine senior consulting editor Clive Barnes.
Former prima ballerina and Ashton favourite Lynn Seymour
(her beautifully arched feet reminded him of Pavlova) has also worked with the company to restage of one of his later works, Five Brahm's Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan.
One thinks, too, of the youthful eroticism of Lynn Seymour
and Christopher Gable in Romeo and Juliet and Les Deux Pigeons.
Birthdays: Broadcaster and MP Gyles Brandreth, 52; former Channel Four chief executive Michael Grade, 57; England cricketer Phil Edmonds, 49; footballer Steve Froggatt, 27; statesman Lord Hurd of Westwell, 70; ballerina Ann Jenner, 56; rock musician Gary Numan, 43; actress Lynn Redgrave, 57; chief rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, 52; ballerina Lynn Seymour
, 61; historian Professor Norman Stone, 59; Olympic swimmer David Wilkie, 45.