Michael Somes, born in Horsley, UK, received the 1st boys scholarship awarded by the school of the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1934. (Vic-Wells became Sadler's Wells Ballet, and in 1956, the Royal Ballet.) Sir Fredrick Ashton choreographed about 30 diverse roles for Michael Somes including. "Symphonic Variations," "Dante Sonata," "Cinderella," "Tiresias," "Daphnis and Chloe" and "Ondine." Somes partnered Margot Fonteyn for several years. Rudolph Nureyev defected from USSR in 1961. That year Somes retired from performing classical ballet roles, but continued to perform character parts. He served as an assistant director under Ashton from 1963 to 1970, and also helped supervise productions of Ashton works for the Joffrey Ballet in the 1970's. Somes died in London 1994.