Dame Ninette de Valois was an Irish-born British dancer, teacher, choreographer and director of classical ballet. Most notably, she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, later establishing The Royal Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century and one of the leading ballet companies in the world today. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of ballet and as the 'godmother' of English ballet.
Valois Tapestry -Tapestry depicting a ball held by Catherine de' Medici at the Tuileries Palace, Paris, in 1573 in honour of Polish envoys visiting to present the throne of Poland to her son Henry, Duke of Anjou, the future Henry III of France. The tapestry is one of a series, known as the "Valois Tapestries", celebrating the court festivals or "magnificences" of Catherine de' Medici.
The Sadler's Wells Company rehearsing "Orpheus" under the watchful eye of Ninette de Valois in 1943.