Dancer who, against advice, gave up his day job and went on to be a star of Rambert and the Royal Ballet. From The Times
The family of Alexander Bennett, although sympathetic to his hopes, advised him that, since he was already 21 after National Service in the Intelligence Corps, it was too late to give up his desk job in the hope of becoming a professional dancer. Marie Rambert, whose ballet classes he attended part-time, agreed that it would be rash.
But they were wrong. Within weeks Rambert, having lost two leading men from her company, changed her mind and made him an offer. Tall and handsomely built, he undertook intensive coaching and took his first solo role only three months later, beginning a career that took him as a principal dancer from Ballet Rambert to the Royal Ballet, and then kept him busy teaching and producing around the world until the very day of his death, aged 73. click for more
************************************ Alexander Bennett
Linguist turned ballet dancer. By Nadine Meisner for the Independent
Despite a late start, Alexander Bennett became a leading dancer, first with Ballet Rambert, then Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, sister company to the Royal Ballet. He was one of the rare Royal Ballet recruits not to have gone through the Royal Ballet School system. That he succeeded so well may have owed something to the shortage of male dancers during the 1950s; but even more to his own very real qualities. Tallish, blond and handsome, he was an alluring performer. His abilities, however, existed not just in his body, but in his brain. He was a talented linguist and he had an engaging personality that was friendly, persuasive and resourceful.
Born in Leith, Edinburgh, in 1929, he came from a working-class family (his father was a tram driver) which nevertheless valued education and put him and his elder brother William through the fee-paying Trinity Academy. http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/story.jsp?story=391119