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Richard Slaughter

Associate Lecturer (Ballet)

R.Slaughter@chi.ac.uk

Richard was born in Sussex and trained at the Royal Ballet lower and upper Schools where he twice won the Ursula Moreton choreographic award; he received private coaching from Massine and first appeared, as a student, with the Royal Ballet in 1974.

He was a dancer and choreographer on the first and second Gulbenkian International Choreographic summer schools working with Glen Tetley and Mary Hinkson and appeared in the BBC documentary ‘The Next Generation.’

He joined the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden after dancing the leading male in Balanchine’s Serenade in 1977, dancing in most ballets in the repertoire including a created role in Kenneth MacMillan’s ‘Gloria’ and Frederick Ashton’s  ‘A Wedding Bouquet’ , he appeared with  Fonteyn, Nureyev, Makarova,  Baryshnikov, Kirkland and many famous dancers.

He was instrumental in establishing the Royal Ballet choreographic performances for Dance Umbrella at the Riverside Studios and created works with composers Andre Panufnic and Robert Saxton.

He danced with Ballet for All as Albrecht in the ‘World of Giselle, Siegfried in ‘Tchaikovsky and His Ballets’ and  ‘Birth of the Royal Ballet’ and Ashton and La Fille mal gardée programmes. 

He has danced all the major classical roles with many companies worldwide and had many roles created for him partnering many famous ballerinas:  particularly Swan Lake with Ursula Hageli; Svetlana Beriosova was his personal coach for five years.

He was a principal dancer with London City Ballet when Princess Diana was patron of the company.

He was principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Education Unit for three years, taking ballet into schools nationwide performing and devising many innovative programmes including the first collaboration of the ROH and National Trust at Llanhydrock House when he partnered Viviana Durante in her first principal role; also the first Liverpool, Manchester and Inner London projects and projects for the hearing impaired, visually impaired and the Very Special Arts International projects and the greatly admired ‘Family Days’ at the ROH.

In the contemporary field he was a member of Werkcentrum Dans in Rotterdam where David Gordon, Ian Spink, Bill T Jones and Toer van Schayk created roles for him.

He has worked extensively in the historical dance field in New York, London and appeared in many televised productions of Baroque Dance working with Belinda Quirey and Mary Skeeping.

​ His work in Opera includes guest appearances with ENO and WNO as the Dragonfly in David Alton’s acclaimed production Of ‘The Cunning Little Vixen.’ He appeared in the controversial Mazeppa and many other Operas. 

His film credits include the cult classic ‘The Dark Crystal’ with the Henson Organization (the Muppets).

 In 1989 He started Ballet Creations of London with Ursula Hageli, company and schools lasting for eighteen years for which he created and staged A Portrait of Anna Pavlova, The Little Mermaid, Cleopatra and productions of Coppelia, Cinderella, Snow Queen, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker;  also giving extensive education programmes. He was part of the original team that established The English Youth Ballet where he was principal dancer and associate choreographer for five years.

He is currently artistic director of the Ballet Pod based in North Wales, recent performances include new works created for the Ulverston International Music Festival; the acclaimed ‘Ballad of Edward Owen’ performed alongside the Fron Male Voice Choir at the Wrexham Histories Festival, a major education project visiting seven schools in Berwick upon Tweed which led to a new version of La Fille mal gardée.

He continues to perform, choreograph and teach for many institutions and enters pupils for I.S.T.D Cecchetti exams. He holds an MA in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre and an MA in Christian Spirituality from the University of Wales (Sarum College) and holds the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma.

2014 marks forty continuous years as dancer, choreographer and teacher having danced some three hundred roles, approaching eight thousand performances and created over two hundred original works.

His work as a teacher is now producing dancers for the future with former pupils at English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Laine Theatre Arts and Doreen Bird College. He is currently preparing a series of lectures on Spirituality for the Orthodox Catholic Church in the UK and America.

His current interests include Aesthetics, Dance, Psychology, Philosophy and Spirituality.