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Dame Darcey Bussell DBE

Dame Darcey Bussell DBE

Founder, DDMIX Trust (DDMIX for Schools)
United Kingdom
Dame Darcey Bussell DBE is the most famous British ballet dancer of her generation and former Strictly Come Dancing Judge. She was a Principal dancer at The Royal Ballet for almost 20 years, has danced in over 80 different roles, had 18 roles made for her, and led a troupe of 200 dancers when she danced the Spirit of the Flame in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. She is patron of 14 charities, including being President of the Royal Academy of Dance. Amongst her many activities Darcey presents The Royal Ballet's worldwide cinema simulcasts and is a Principal coach at The Royal Ballet. She has made documentaries on dance, including the most recent 'Dancing to Happiness' which explores the value of dancing in improving mental health and wellbeing. Recently Darcey founded the charity DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix/DDMIX for Schools), a dance fitness program, whose primary aim is to have dance fitness incorporated into an expanded physical education in British schools.

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