Stanley Holden

Stanley Holden (27 January 1928 – 11 May 2007), born Stanley Herbert Waller, was a British American ballet dancer and choreographer.

Born in London, he joined the Royal Ballet in 1944 and won notice for performing numerous character roles, especially "Widow Simone" in the 1960 production of La fille mal gardée by Frederick Ashton. After retiring in 1969, he moved to California to teach and perform.[1]

He died from heart disease and colon cancer in Thousand Oaks, California in 2007, aged 79.[2] His former wife Stella Farrance was also a dancer in the Royal Ballet.[3]


  1. ^ Pasles, Chris (13 May 2007). Stanley Holden, 79; dancer who taught for years in Southland. Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (15 May 2007). Stanley Holden, 79, a Dancer and Prominent Ballet Teacher, Is DeadNew York Times
  3. ^ Times Obituary: Stanley Holden The Times

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