Born in London, Denis Bonner, Dance Notator and Répétiteur, trained at the Royal Ballet School. After a three-year period with Northern Dance Theatre, he joined Sadler’s 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. Moving on from his dancing career he studied Benesh Movement Notation and on graduating from the Benesh Institute he assisted Sir Peter Wright with his 1986 production of Giselle at Covent Garden and was subsequently invited back to SWRB as a company notator under Sir Peter’s direction. He now rehearses and teaches much of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s repertoire and travels internationally, staging works by Bintley, Ashton and MacMillan, and Wright’s productions of Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia and The Nutcracker.
Meet Marlo, our Dance Track graduate
Dance Track works with 30 primary schools and more than 2,500 children in Birmingham, identifying those with the potential to be the ballet dancers of the future. Read about one of our participants who has recently accepted a place at Elmhurst School for Dance.