Director of the Ballet School
Beverly Jane Fry was born in Bexley, Kent but at an early age moved with her family to Melbourne, Australia. She trained with the Australian Prima Ballerina, Kathleen Gorham OBE.
Beverly went on to become an International Ballerina travelling the world in a performing career that lasted twenty years. Throughout her distinguished career she danced most of the major classical Ballerina roles, and her interpretations have been recognized for their remarkable range of artistic and dramatic qualities and strong technical expertise.
Her repertoire includes: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, the title role in Giselle, as well as the role of Myrtha Queen of the Willis, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, Desdemona in Othello, Marguerite and Prudence in La Traviata, and the elder sister in Frank Staff’s Transfigured Night which she performed at the London Premiere.
She has also danced leading roles in many neoclassical and modern works by notable choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Glen Tetley, Jose Limon and Istvan Herczog. In addition she has performed the Black Swan Pas de Deux at a Gala performance in the Royal Albert Hall, London; Don Quixote and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux partnered by Guest Artists from both the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies and in numerous galas throughout Britain with the ‘Russian and British Stars of Ballet’. Among her partners were Vladimir Karakulev, Victor Barykin and Kirill Melnikov. Beverly has appeared in two films ? Nijinsky and La Sylphide. Also in successive years, 1989 and 1990, she was featured on the official Sadler’s Wells Theatre Commemorative Calendar.
Beverly has danced with a number of companies during her career including The Stuttgart Ballet, English National Ballet, Aterballetto (Italy) and London City Ballet where she remained as Principal Ballerina for 12 years. During this time she also made guest appearances with other companies throughout Europe. Over the years she has received personal coaching from many famous people namely, Dame Alicia Markova, Galina Panov, Rosella Hightower, Patrice Bart, Galina Samsova, Andre Prokovsky, Veronica Paeper, Glen Tetley and Scott Douglas.
In 1989 she was honoured and privileged to be granted her Australian citizenship under the clause, ‘Residence outside Australia’ as she was, ‘Widely recognized as being of world standing in her field of endeavour, and engaged in cultural activities beneficial to the interests of Australia.’
Beverly has performed in many galas in the presence of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales (Patron, London City Ballet) and was formally presented to her on every occasion. She has also been presented to the King and Queen of Jordan, the Sultan of Oman, the Princess of Indonesia and many other dignitaries throughout the world. Following the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997, Beverly felt extremely privileged to be personally invited, by Buckingham Palace, to be present in Westminster Abbey for her funeral. She was also a contributor on the Official BBC TV Obituary Programme ‘Diana – The People’s Princess’.
During her remarkable career Beverly has travelled extensively receiving critical acclaim and audience appreciation internationally. She has performed in China, Japan, the United States of America, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Iceland, Finland, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. Beverly has also danced at the International Ballet Festivals in Lille, Nervi, Budapest, the Carnival of Venice and Verona Festivals in Italy, the Sintra Festival in Portugal and the Jerash Festival in Jordan.
It has always been Beverly’s aim to pass on her experience and knowledge gained over the years to the dancers of tomorrow. Her teaching qualifications include graduating Dux with High Distinction from The Australian Ballet School’s Advanced Diploma of Dance Teaching and a registered Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher. Her teaching credits include: Guest Teacher for The Australian Ballet School (ABS); Victorian College of the Arts; Australian Dance Theatre; Cecchetti scholars; Pineapple and Dance Works Studios, London; Temporary Custodian the Kathleen Gorham Ballet School; Adjudicator End of Year Assessments ABS and Guest Teacher at their inaugural Summer School in 1999.
Three years prior to retiring (from performing) she gave company class, rehearsals and individual coaching to both male and female dancers (soloists and principals) for London City Ballet, and in 1997 was Ballet Mistress to The Reanimators Company, London. More recently Beverly has been on the Advisory Panel for the RAD and The Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) and given Master classes in Australia and Japan.
In January 1999 Beverly Jane Fry was appointed Director of Ballet for The National Theatre, Melbourne by invitation from the Board. Since then her talents as a choreographer have come to the fore choreographing and directing many ballets for the N.T.B.S. They include: a full length Cinderella (which was acclaimed by a capacity audience at the prestigious 2001 International Castlemaine Festival) a critically acclaimed full length Giselle and a completely new and original production of the ballet Carmen. Ballets created especially for children include: The Magic Toyshop, The Pied Piper of Hamelin (based on the Robert Browning poem), and What the Moon Saw, a captivating work with narrative, A Perfect Day and The Little Mermaid, a work which was 2 years in the making which Beverly produced, directed, and choreographed.
She also designed the sets and did the musical arrangement! Premiered in 2002 this work (based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale) has since been the highlight of many festivals throughout Victoria. In 2003, Beverly produced and directed her own interpretation of the Bournonville ballet La Sylphide and in 2004 she staged a reworked version of her own original production of Carmen to include an exciting and fiery gypsy scene. She has subsequently staged reworked versions of her ‘Cinderella’ 2005, ‘Giselle’ 2006, ‘La Sylphide’ 2007, and in 2008 Beverly choreographed, produced and designed full length ‘Nutcracker’ with sold out seasons in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
In 2006 Beverly was honoured with an inclusion in the inaugural edition of ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women’ in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the Arts both as an International Ballerina and for her exceptional work as Director of The National Theatre Ballet School. The following year 2007 she was again acknowledged with an inclusion in ‘Who’s Who in Australia.’
Beverly Jane Fry’s impeccable credentials are endorsed by Ms. Gailene Stock, former director of The Australian Ballet School and present Director of the Royal Ballet School, London who wrote, “Beverly possesses all the qualities required for a teacher. She has all the technical knowledge and expertise along with a deep understanding of student development from a psychological point of view. She is energetic and inspirational, providing students with the stimulus and motivation to achieve their best. I feel that Beverly will make a great contribution to dance education in Australia.”