Monica Mason: 54 years with the Royal Ballet


The Royal Ballet is hosting an exhibition to showcase the career of Dame Monica Mason, who is set to retire in July after 54 years with the company.

Mason joined the Royal Ballet School when she was 16 years old and was the youngest member of the company at that time.

Now, after nearly ten years as the director of the Royal Ballet, she will handover to retired dancer Kevin O'Hare.

While the Royal Opera House team went about setting up for the exhibition of photographs, costumes and memorabilia, Mason shared some of her career highlights with BBC News.

Monica Mason: A Life with The Royal Ballet runs from 27 February until 17 July 2012. Rehearsal footage courtesy of the Royal Opera House.

Video produced by Rachel Curtis.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.