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Web chat: Darcey Bussell


Stylist was recently joined for a live web chat special with Darcey Bussell CBE, former prima ballerina with The Royal Ballet, Strictly judge and one of Britain's finest dancers - as well as an ambassador for The Sanctuary Spa in London's Covent Garden.

Darcey was born in London on 27 April 1969. At the relatively late age of thirteen she won a place at The Royal Ballet School and was accepted at The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1985, aged 16.

During this time, the late Kenneth MacMillan noticed her exceptional technique and in 1988 gave her the leading role in his ballet The Prince of The Pagodas with The Royal Ballet. A year later in December 1989, on the opening night of the show she was promoted to Principal, at the time the youngest ballerina to be given this honour.

During her 20 years as a Principal of The Royal Ballet she danced every major role in classical ballet numerous times and appeared around the world as a guest star with the Kirov, Paris Opera, Australian Ballet and The New York City Ballet.

Darcey was awarded an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2006. In 2007 she retired from The Royal Ballet. She has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and currently a judge on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing. She is also the face of The Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse skincare range, a role she took on after regularly visiting the spa between rehearsals nearby at The Royal Ballet.

This web chat has now finished but you can read all the questions posed to Darcey and her replies in the transcript below



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