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FERRI IN A ROYAL EXIT FOR THE ABT

Alessanda Ferri, principal dancer with England’s Royal Ballet, will join American Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer for the 1985-86 season, the company announced Friday.

Ferri will dance her last performance with the Royal Ballet on Aug. 2 and begin rehearsing with Ballet Theatre 10 days later.

Ferri was born in Milan, Italy, and studied at Teatro alla Scala until age 15. She then attended the Royal Ballet School. In 1980, she won one of three Prix de Lausanne, which enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Ballet school on scholarship. She joined the Royal Ballet in 1980.

Her repertory with the Royal Ballet included everything from the sinewy modernism of “Voluntaries” and “Return to the Strange Land” to such classical showpieces as “Konservatoriet,” “Napoli Divertissements,” “La Bayadere” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

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Also with the Royal, she danced the title role in “Manon” and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as major roles in “Mayerling” and “Cinderella.”


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