Following Sir Fred’s Steps: a Conference Celebrating Ashton’s Work

12-13 November 1994
Roehampton Institute, London

In collaboration with the Society for Dance Research, the Royal Ballet, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet

An insightful and wide-ranging look at the rich legacy of Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), one of the great choreographers of the twentieth century, the conference brought together a broad range of differing perspectives: historical documentation, critical analyses of choreography, studies of technique and style, and reminiscences and anecdotes from dancers, teachers, and choreographers. The conference involved papers, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, interviews, talks, panel discussions, and film screenings.


The proceedings are published by Dance Books as Following Sir Fred’s Steps: Ashton’s Legacy (eds Jordan, S. & Grau, A., 1996).


  • David Vaughan: Ashton Now
  • Richard Glasstone: The Influence of Cecchetti on Ashton’s Work
  • Geraldine Morris: The Bourrée: a Myriad of Uses
  • James Neufeld: The Expanded Moment
  • John Percival: Character and Classicism in Ashton’s Dances
  • Shelley Berg and Jill Beck: Approaches to the Revival of Les Masques
  • Stephanie Jordan: A Month in the Country
  • Beth Genné: My Dearest Friend, My Greatest Collaborator
  • Giannandrea Poesio: Mime in Ashton’s Ballets
  • Katherine S. Healy: Romeo and Juliet
  • Adrian Grater: Following the Fred Step
  • Jane Pritchard: Two Letters
  • Alastair Macaulay: Gender, Sexuality, Community
  • Julie Kavanagh: Interview with Alexander Grant
  • Antoinette Sibley: The Ballerina’s Solos from Scènes de ballet
  • Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell: Pas de Deux from The Dream
  • Pamela May: The Solo Seal Variations
  • Pamela May, Monica May, Donald MacLeary, Philip Gammon: The Royal Ballet Ashton Programme (panel discussion chaired by Anthony Russell-Roberts)
  • Lesley Collier, Beryl Grey, Alicia Markova, Merle Park, David Wall: Ashton Dancers Across the Generations (panel discussion chaired by Stephanie Jordan and David Vaughan)
  • Julia Farron, Pamela May, Richard Glasstone, Richard Alston, Ashley Page: Choreographers and Teachers (panel discussion chaired by Angela Kane)
  • Rosalind Eyre: ‘Stars’ from Cinderella
  • Monica Mason: Solo from Birthday Offering
  • Peter Wright: Excerpts from Enigma Variations

Conference committee

  • Stephanie Jordan (Head of Dance, Roehampton Institute; Chair)
  • Andrée Grau (Senior Research Fellow, Roehampton Institute; Conference Administrator)
  • Angela Kane (Senior Lecturer, Roehampton Institute)
  • Ann Nugent (editor, Dance Theatre Journal)
  • Jane Pritchard (Archivist, Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet)
  • Bonnie Rowell (Lecturer, Roehampton Institute)

Advisors to the conference committee

  • Monica Mason (Assistant Director, Royal Ballet)
  • Alastair Macaulay (critic, Financial Times)
  • Pamela May (former ballerina, Royal Ballet)
  • Sir Peter Wright (Artistic Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet)


Arts Council England, Linbury Trust, Miss V.L. Clore’s 1976 Charitable Trust, and Roehampton Institute, London