Dame Darcey Bussell DBE is made Artist Laureate of The Royal Ballet School

Darcey Bussell in Sylvia 2004

The Royal Ballet School has honoured former student Dame Darcey Bussell DBE with the title Artist Laureate in recognition of her contribution to the School and to ballet.

The new title has been created especially for Dame Darcey to celebrate her exceptional career and achievements as an alumna of the School. It also marks the extraordinary impact she has made in bringing ballet to ever-broader audiences through her work.

She is not only a valued and active supporter of the School, she inspires many thousands of young dancers through her teaching and advocacy work.

Darcey Bussell said:

‘I am truly humbled to receive this honour. The Royal Ballet School is where it all started for me. As a student I felt incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to attend this exceptional school so I devoted myself to my training. It is lovely to continue my involvement with the School and look forward to helping develop the next generation of young ballet dancers.’