Join us at this fantastic fundraiser, organised by Plymouth School of Creative Arts and our Borneo Expedition Team. You are invited to join us beforehand, for drinks and canapes prepared by PSCA chef Jake McCabe and the Borneo Expedition Team, from 5.15pm in the Theatre.
Darcey Bussell is a former Principal with The Royal Ballet and the most famous British ballerina of her generation. During her nearly twenty years as a Principal she won renown for her unique combination of having a tall and athletic physique whilst dancing with soft lyricism.
Darcey trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in 1988. She was promoted to Principal in 1989, aged just 20, after the premiere of Kenneth MacMillan’s The Prince of the Pagodas, in which Bussell had created the lead role. She retired from the Company in June 2007 with a performance of MacMillan’s Song of the Earth, broadcast live on BBC2. She came out of retirement to dance the Spirit of the flame, leading a troupe of 200 dancers, at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.
Darcey’s extensive broadcast work includes being a judge on the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, documentaries for the BBC including Darcey dances Hollywood, her ‘Looking for’ series and she has presented The Royal Ballet’s worldwide cinema relays since 2014.
Her books include Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures, the ‘Magic Ballerina’ children’s series and her autobiography. Darcey is the President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Campaign President of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s fund raising appeal, International patron of Sydney Dance Company and patron of 10 other charities. She is godmother to the P&O ship Azura and her portrait hangs in the national Portrait gallery.
In 2015 she founded DDMIX (diverse dance mix), a dance fitness company, primarily aimed at getting dance fitness to be part of PE in schools. This component of its work is a not for profit social enterprise.
Proceeds from this wonderful event will help to raise money to send some of our young people on the educational adventure of a lifetime in Borneo in the Summer of 2019! Thank you for your support.