Holland to England

 

Liberation came knocking on Audrey’s grandfather’s door on May 4, 1945.  It was also Audrey’s sixteenth birthday. Despite the fact that she emerged from the war in a weakened condition suffering from anemia, asthma and malnutrition, the experience served to refocus her dreams.  Her brother Ian returned from having spent the war in a munitions factory in Berlin and Alexander surprised everyone, returning married with a pregnant wife. 

It was now time for Ella and Audrey to begin their lives anew.  With a recommendation from her dance teacher, Winja Maranova, mother and daughter set off for Amsterdam where Audrey was accepted as a student of Sonia Gaskell and the The Balletstudio 45. Audrey studied ballet, modern jazz and avant-garde choreography for three years until the studio closed in 1948.  Audrey was then given a partial scholarship to study with the preeminent London ballet teacher, Marie Rambert, who had coached the world’s best dancers, including Nijinsky. Mother and daughter set their sights on London with the expectation that Audrey’s dreams of becoming a prima ballerina might finally come true.


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