Enid Britten

Pennsylvania Ballet
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Ballet de Lyons

Enid Britten stretching during a break with Pennsylvania Ballet, 1974. Photo by William Owens.

Enid Britten danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Ballet de Lyons. Britten was perhaps best known for her work in the mid-1970’s with the Ailey company; she stood out for the emotional range of her dancing. Her repertory included the Eve figure in John Butler’s After Eden and a doomed young lover in Talley Beatty‘s Road of the Phoebe Snow; in the latter role, she was singled out for the understated, contained quality of her dancing and the driven physicality of the character’s panic. She was also praised for her portrayal of Mahalia Jackson in The Mooche, choreographed by Ailey. She passed away on January 22, 1993 at the age of 46 in her Manhattan home.


Enid Britten Dancer, The New York Times

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