Marina Grut (née Keet)
Born 1934 in Calvinia, South Africa. Studied ballet and Spanish dancing at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Ballet School under Dulcie Howes, and danced in the UCT Ballet Company. Studied Spanish dancing with Elsa Brunelleschi in London, and in many of the foremost studios in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, San Sebastian and elsewhere in Spain. Taught Spanish dancing and ballet history at the UCT Ballet School, and later Spanish dancing in Washington DC as Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance, and at the University of Maryland Dance Faculty. Was one of the founders of the international Spanish Dance Society in 1965; established the Society in Italy in 1977 and in the USA in 1982. Also set up The Spanish Dance Theatre in Washington DC in 1982.

Performed, choreographed and directed many performances, including at the Cape Town Opera House, at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and in New York City. Was awarded: the Lazo de Dama de la Orden de Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 1989 for the preservation and presentation of Spanish dance through her writing, performances and lecture-demonstrations; the Special Achievement Award from the Hispanic Institute for the Performing Arts in the USA in 1987; the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Spanish Dance Society in the USA in 1997; the Outstanding Service Award in 2003 for "many years of service to dance in Metropolitan Washington DC" by the International Association of Blacks in Dance; the Carina Ari Foundation 2008 Gold Medal "for honouring the art of Swedish dance" with her book Royal Swedish Ballet, the medal being presented by Princess Christina of Sweden.. Was honoured in 1997 by the Mayor of Washington DC with a day in her name. Is now President of the Spanish Dance Society for Europe, writer, teacher, examiner, lecturer, and reviewer for the Dancing Times. Is based in London.

Married Mikael Grut in 1959; they have three children and seven grandchildren

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