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Dame Darcey Bussell
Darcey Bussell is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet and one of the most famous British dancers. She is now a presenter and a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Years Honours List as a Dame for services to dance.
Her classical works includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère and the title roles in Giselle and Raymonda Act III.
Darcey retired from the Royal Ballet on the 8th of June, 2007 with a performance of Song of the Earth but came out of retirement to dance the Spirit of the Flame at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, leading a troupe of 200 dancers.
Her books include Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures, the ‘Magic Ballerina’ children’s series and her autobiography. Among the many charities Bussell supports, she is President of the Royal Academy of Dance and Patron of the Sydney Dance.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE is a retired British track and field athlete from England. Jessica won Gold in the 2012 Olympic Games and silver four years later in Rio and is a three-time heptathlon world champion (2009, 2011, 2015).
In October 2016 Jessica announced her retirement from athletics and was recognised in the 2016 Queen’s New Years Honours List as a Dame for her services to athletics.
Jessica now writes children’s book with a character called Evie. Drawing on her own memories of adventures as a young girl Evie is sent a magical bracelet from her Grandma Iris in Jamaica and starts a series of magical adventures.