Lynn Wallis graduated from the Royal Ballet Senior School in 1965 into the Royal Ballet Touring Company, becoming Ballet Mistress at the school in 1969, a position she held until 1982, when she was made Deputy Principal. During this time she reproduced a great many ballets from classical repertoire for the school performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and other venues. In 1984, at the invitation of Erik Bruhn, she joined the National Ballet of Canada, as Artistic Co-ordinator, and in 1986 she became Associate Artistic Director, with Valerie Wilder, and Co-Artistic Director from 1987 to 1989. In 1990, she was appointed Deputy Artistic Director of English National Ballet with special responsibility for Mid-scale touring, the Education and Community Unit, Choreographic workshop and English National Ballet School.
Lynn Wallis joined the Royal Academy of Dance in 1994 as Artistic Director and is responsible for setting and maintaining the standards of dance training world-wide, developing the Academy’s Syllabus and planning courses internationally for students. In 2001 she became Chair of the RAD’s Board of Examiners. Lynn was appointed Honorary President of the Greek region of the RAD in June 2000.
Lynn was chairman of an artistic panel of dance professionals who wrote The Foundations of Classical Ballet Technique and was instrumental in leading the artistic panel in writing the sequel, The Progressions of Classical Ballet Technique. She also led the team who created the Pre-School Dance Curriculum, Dance to your own tune which was published in 2004. In 2001 Lynn was nominated and short-listed for the European Women of Achievement Awards. Lynn was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award 2004 in the category of Reconstruction/Revival/Restaging for her work on Monotones I and II, Sir Frederick Ashton, San Francisco Ballet.
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