Dame Beryl Grey DBE - Patron

Dame Beryl joined the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet) in 1941, at the age of 14 and danced the full-length Swan Lake on her 15th Birthday. She became Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet and was with the company until 1957 when she left to become an International Guest Artist. During her world-wide career as a Guest Artist she not only danced in Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin and South America, Africa, Australia, Japan and the Far East but she was also the first Western Ballerina to dance in both Russia (with the Bolshoi in 1957) and China (with the Peking Ballet in 1964). She retired from professional dancing in 1966.


As well as being the Patron of several charities and societies related to dance, music, the visual arts and medicine, she is the recipient of several prestigious Awards. She is also the author of several books and lectures internationally. Earlier this year, she was awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement at the National Dance Awards.


Roshe are delighted to have Dame Beryl Grey as their Patron.

A word from our Patron:

The Roshe School has enriched the Sussex dance world for 60 years and my congratulations go wholeheartedly to Rosemary Woodd.  As a champion of dance she has dedicated her life to building a school of high standards introducing young people to the joy of movement.  She continues to be a great inspiration and example and I send her and the Roshe School my love and best wishes for the future. 

Dame Beryl Grey, DBE

Roshe Patron

Miss Francesca Filpi – Patron​

Francesca originally trained at Stonelands in Dawlish, Devon before being chosen as one of only a handful of foreign students to be accepted at the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School at only 12 years old.

At 14 she was accepted into the Royal Ballet SENIOR School and by the end of her 2nd year was performing with the Company.

Miss Filpi is also the Founder & Artistic Director of the Wells Summer School, where children can experience the life of a Royal Ballet Dancer and also opened a rehearsal space and retreat for members of the Royal Ballet Company in Morocco, Dar Danse.

Francesca has competed and won just about every Grade/level at the ISTD Ballet Awards, Tap Awards and Greek Awards and is also a Fellow (FISTD) of the ISTD.

A word from our Patron:

It is a great honour to be Patron of Roshe Performing Arts. I have watched the students evolve over the years with great interest and am always very moved by the wonderful family ethos that seems to be fostered throughout the school. The beating heart of this, of course, is the school´s Founder and Principal, Rosemary Woodd, and it is a privilege to have witnessed, first-hand, the passion she has for her art, but perhaps even more importantly, the love she has for her pupils.


It would be hard to find a teacher more devoted, enthusiastic and encouraging and it is this joy of dance that shines through in all the Roshe pupils. So, on behalf of the dance world, thank you Rosemary, for nurturing and guiding all these young dancers towards their dreams. Whatever the future holds for them and whether they become professional dancers they will all have wonderful memories of being taught at a very special school, who ignited their love for this wonderful art.

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