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Marion Tait to step down as Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet

27 Nov 2020


Marion Tait, Photo by Andrew Ross.

Marion Tait CBE will step down from her role as Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet on 31 December 2020.

Marion will still be very much part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet family and, from January, will be working part time, rehearsing and coaching the Company dancers, continuing to impart her years of skill and wisdom.

Marion said: The present situation with Covid-19, has made it impossible for me to fulfil such a crucial role at Birmingham Royal Ballet at this very important time in its history.  I would have loved to have carried on supporting Carlos in his exciting vision for the Company and, in a way, I will, as I continue to rehearse and coach the dancers and try to be as useful to the Company as I can! I shall still feel part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet family, which is something I am proud to be. 

Born in London, Marion joined the Royal Ballet touring company (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) at just 17, rising to the rank of Principal and dancing the lead ballerina roles in all the classics.

In 1995 she became Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Ballet Mistress, and for many years has taught and rehearsed the Company. Until recently she performed character roles such as a scene-stealing Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty and The Wicked Stepmother in David Bintley’s Cinderella, which was created for her in 2010.

She was made an OBE in 1992 and a CBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Marion has twice been nominated for Olivier Awards (Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, 1994, and Hagar in Pillar of Fire, 1995), was named Dancer of the Year 1994 and that same year also received the Evening Standard Ballet Award for Outstanding Performance. Most recently she was awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement 2019 by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards. Marion is Patron of The Edge arts centre in Solihull.

Marion assisted Desmond Kelly in directing Birmingham Royal Ballet’s artistic team for Ballet Changed My Life – Ballet Hoo!, the education project documented on Channel 4 during September and October 2006, for which she was presented with a special award at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in 2008.