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Black British Ballet

Michael Moor

Ethnic heritage: Trinidadian

Year of birth: 1955

Training: Ballet Rambert School, 1975 -1978

Ballet career: Michael Moor began training at the Guildford School of Dance and Drama (now GSA) before transferring to the Ballet Rambert School where he graduated in 1978.

Moor then became a company member with Dance Theatre of Harlem from 1979-1982. During his time there, he toured and performed in a range of venues as part of The American Dance Festival, a season at City Centre New York, followed by tours of Italy and Israel and a three week season at The Royal Opera House.

In 1998, Moor was awarded his MA from The Laban Centre and is the former Head of Musical Theatre at The Guildford School of Acting (GSA). He has taught at a number of training, vocational and commercial institutions both nationally and internationally including Ballet Academy (Gothenburg), The Laban Centre, Pineapple Dance Studios, London Studio Centre, The Sylvia Young Theatre School and The Education Department of the Royal Ballet as a teacher on the Chance to Dance initiative.

Acting career: Moor’s acting credits include appearing in both episodes of the 1980's landmark mini-series Lace and the James Bond films Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

Firstly I am an artist. Then I am a man, then I am a black man. In that order.
- William Louther. Dancer, choreographer, teacher