Denis Bonner


Denis Bonner
ballet master
Born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School. After a three year period in Northern Dance Theatre he joined Sadlers Wells (now (Birmingham) Royal Ballet in 1976. With SWRB he performed in ballets by Ashton, MacMillan, Balanchine, Cranko, De Valois, Van Manen, and Bintley amongst others, notably in character roles. He has also appeared in most of the classics. After his dancing career, he studied Benesh Movement Notation and on graduating from the Benesh Institute he assisted Sir Peter Wright on his 1986 production of Giselle at Covent Garden and was subsequently invited back to SWRB as a company notator. He now works regularly with David Bintley the director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He rehearses a great deal of the company repertoire and combines this with travels abroad, having staged works by Bintley, Ashton, and MacMillan and Sir Peter’s productions of Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and the Nutcracker.