Sir Anton Dolin (27 July 1904 – 25 November 1983) was an English ballet dancer and choreographer.
Portrait of Sir Anton Dolin by Allan Warren
|Born||27 July 1904|
|Died||25 November 1983 (aged 79)|
|Occupation||ballet dancer and choreographer|
Dolin was born in Slinfold in Sussex as Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-Kay but was generally known as Patrick Kay. He was the second of three sons of Henry George Kay (1852-1922) and his wife, Helen Maude Chippendall Healey (1869-1960), from Dublin. He trained at Serafina Astafieva's school at The Pheasantry in London's King's Road. He joined Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921, was a principal there from 1924, and was a principal with the Vic-Wells Ballet in the 1930s. There he danced with Alicia Markova, with whom he went on to found the Markova-Dolin Ballet and the London Festival Ballet.
Dolin wrote several books, including the autobiography Ballet Go Round (1938) and Alicia Markova: Her Life and Art (1953). He was knighted in 1981. He is featured in the documentary film A Portrait of Giselle.
Upon Dolin’s death, dancers Jelko Yuresha and Belinda Wright inherited the rights to his choreography of Giselle, Pas de Quatre, and his acclaimed original ballet, Variations for Four. Yuresha and Wright danced—and later staged—productions of these ballets with dance companies around the world, designing original costumes and sets for those performances.
- Dark Red Roses (1929) - Dancer (uncredited)
- Alf's Button (1930)
- Forbidden Territory (1934) - Jack Straw
- Invitation to the Waltz (1935) – Chief Dancer
- A Song for Miss Julie (1945) – Himself – Ballet Dancer
- Never Let Me Go (1953) – Marya's Partner (uncredited)
- The Girl from Petrovka (1974) – Ignatievitch
- Nijinsky (1980) – Maestro Cecchetti
- W. J. McCormack (1999). The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture. Blackwell Publishing. p. 172. ISBN 9780631228172. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
- "Dolin, Sir Anton [real name Sydney Francis Patrick Chippindall Healey Kay]". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- Decharne, Max. (2005) King's Road: The Rise and Fall of the Hippest Street in the World. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, p. 23. ISBN 0297847694
- "Choreographers: Anton Dolin". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- Dolin, Anton (1953). Alicia Markova: her life and art. New York: Hermitage House. OCLC 300631658.
- Schopf, Davor (2011). Yuresha – Visions and Dreams. Zagreb: Hilarion. p. 8. ISBN 978-953-56634-0-9.
- Dolin, Anton (1960). Anton Dolin: autobiography. London: Oldbourne. OCLC 220952622.
- Dolin, Anton (1985). Last words: a final autobiography. London: Century. ISBN 9780712607292.
- Dolin, Anton (1953). Markova: her life and art. London: W.H. Allen. OCLC 3290257.
- Hall, Alfred George, ed. (1957). Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin: a legend of British ballet : a collection of portraits. London: Hall Publications. OCLC 7643659.
- Simpson, Jane (30 September 1997). "Legends: Anton Dolin". Balletco Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010.