Seymour, Lynn (1939–)

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Seymour, Lynn (1939–)

Canadian ballet dancer. Born Lynn Berta Springbett, Mar 8, 1939, in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada; studied dance in Vancouver, British Columbia, and earned scholarship to Sadler's Wells Ballet School (now Royal Ballet School) in England; married Colin Jones (photographer); children: 3 sons.

Danced with the Covent Garden Opera Ballet (1956), then joined Sadler's Wells Opera Ballet (1957); created 1st solo role, in Kenneth Macmillan's ballet The Burrow (1958); received acclaim not only for her dramatic roles, but also for such comedic and romantic roles as the lead in Frederick Ashton's Two Pigeons (1960) and Juliet in Macmillan's Romeo and Juliet (1965); danced with the Berlin State Opera Ballet (1967–70), but returned to the Royal Ballet to appear in Anastasia (1974), Seven Deadly Sins (1974), and Rituals (1975); was guest artist with American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey Company; with Robert North of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, choreographed Gladly, Sadly, Madly, Badly (1975); retired from the ballet (1980), but continued performing as an actress and rock musician; appeared as the wicked stepmother in Cinderella, a spoof by Matthew Bourne's ballet company (1997). Named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1976).