Gailene Patricia Stock. Director Royal Ballet School. For services to dance. (London)
The 2013 Queens Birthday Honours List was released yesterday and it was wonderful to see that the director of The Royal Ballet School was awarded the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Australian born, Gailene trained initially in Australia and then at our The Royal Ballet Upper School. As a principal and Artist she danced with The Australian Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Following a sixteen year dancing career, she accepted the position of director of the National Theatre Ballet School in Victoria, Australia and then moved to become director of The Australian Ballet School before taking on the role of director of The Royal Ballet School in 1999.
This recognition of her life long service to ballet is well deserved.