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Stanley Holden, born Stanley Herbert Waller, (January 27, 1928–May 11, 2007) was a British American ballet dancer and choreographer.

Born in London, he joined the Royal Ballet in 1944 and won notice for performing numerous character roles, especially "Widow Simone" in the 1960 production of Fille Mal Gardée by Frederick Ashton. After retiring in 1969, he moved to California to teach and perform.[1]

He died from heart disease and colon cancer in Thousand Oaks, California.[2] He is survived by a wife Judy Holden,and three daughters from his previous marriage to Stella Farrance who was also a Ballet dancer in the Royal Ballet. [3]


  1. ^ Pasles, Chris (May 13, 2007). Stanley Holden, 79; dancer who taught for years in Southland. Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (May 15, 2007). Stanley Holden, 79, a Dancer and Prominent Ballet Teacher, Is DeadNew York Times
  3. ^ Times Obituary: Stanley Holden The Times

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