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Anton Dolin

Sir Anton Dolin (27 July 190425 November 1983)[1] was an English ballet dancer and choreographer.

Dolin was born in Slinfold in Sussex as Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-Kay but was generally known as Patrick Kay. He joined Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921, was a principal there from 1924, and was a principal with the Vic-Wells Ballet in the 1930s. There he danced with Alicia Markova, with whom he went on to found the Markova-Dolin Ballet and the London Festival Ballet.

He joined Ballet Theatre as when it was formed in 1940 and remained there as a dancer and choreographer until 1946.[2]

Dolin wrote several books, including the autobiography Ballet Go Round (1938) and Alicia Markova: Her Life and Art (1953).[3] He was knighted in 1981. He is featured in the documentary film A Portrait of Giselle.

For many years he lived with the ballet dancer John Gilpin.



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