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Betsy Gregory to step down from Dance Umbrella

Posted on November 23, 2012

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betsy-gregory-emma-swanThe 2013 edition of Dance Umbrella will be Betsy Gregory’s last as artistic director, she has announced. She said: “I have decided, for personal reasons, that the 2013 festival will be my last and I will step down as artistic director in November next year. By then, I will have completed 16 wonderful years at Dance Umbrella, seven of them as artistic director.

“Since my appointment in 2007, the Dance Umbrella board and team have successfully navigated the organisation through a major transition in which we have introduced many new strands of activity. These include free outdoor performances, large-scale participatory projects of an unusually high artistic quality and the presentation of new work from under-represented areas of the world, such as Africa. I am proud of what we have achieved, and the marvellous dance we have brought, and continue to bring, to the public.”


Picture: Betsy Gregory. Photograph: Emma Swan


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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