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#TBT to Sir Anthony Dowell's Fabulous Photo Shoot With His Cat

Photo by Zoran Velijkovic, Courtesy DM Archives.

In the June 1967 issue of Dance Magazine, a young Anthony Dowell told us why he relished the challenges of The Royal Ballet's then-regular U.S. tours: "Dancing as frequently as we do here gives met he opportunity to build my stamina and to continue work on my roles." At 24, Dowell was already a premier danseur and had originated the roles of Oberon in Frederick Ashton's The Dream and Benvolio in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. His work ethic, elegant lines and chameleonic ability to adapt to vastly different choreographic styles led to a storied career with The Royal Ballet, which he would direct from 1986–2001.


Photo by Zoran Velijkovic, Courtesy DM Archives.

An unexplained mystery from the DM Archives: We have a lot of shots of Dowell with his cat. A lot. We can't explain it. But we love them, so we thought we'd share.

Photo by Zoran Velijkovic, Courtesy DM Archives.

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