Spencer trained initially in Southampton, England and was awarded the first Decca (Recording Company) Scholarship to the Royal Ballet Upper School, graduating into the Royal Opera Ballet and then the Royal Ballet (Touring Company) where he danced in all the major classics in soloist and principal roles, most notably partnering Margot Fonteyn in the “Rose Adage” in Sleeping Beauty.
He also received a standing ovation at Covent Garden, for his performance as the “Gypsy Lover” in Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Two Pigeons. During his first career he also danced with Scottish Ballet and English National Ballet.
Leaving the ballet world in 1970 he then joined the Royal Air Force for 12 years as a Photographic Interpreter, during which time he represented the RAF in their cycling team at the Isle of Man International cycling week and claimed the all comers’ record for the fastest time on the road from Lands’ End to John O’Groats. He also became an avid offshore yachtsman gaining his Skippers Certificate training other service personnel under the auspices of Adventurous Sail Training.
In 1983 returning again to ballet, he joined London City Ballet where under the patronage of the late Princess Diana of Wales his principal roles included Siegfried in Swan Lake, Iago in Othello and receiving critical acclaim in the role of Dr Coppelius in Coppelia. A role, which he returned to the stage, yet again, in the National Theatre Ballet Schools production, before handing over the mantel to Matthew Thompson.
Spencer has always been interested in stage production and after working in this new field for three years landed a position with English National Opera at the London Coliseum Theatre as their Stage Supervisor. In this position he was responsible for the construction and staging of Operas not only in London but also co-productions in America, Brazil, Germany, Holland and Japan.
Since migrating to Australia in 1997, Spencer joined the artistic staff of the National Theatre Ballet School. Although moving to NSW in 2001 he is still an integral part of the NTBS staff conducting character repertoire master classes and Pas de Deux intensives on a regular basis. He is also Technical Stage Supervisor for all the NTBS productions.