|Birth: ||May 18, 1917|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2000|
Ballerina. Born as June Telfer Bear in England but moved to China with her family were she studied with George Goncharov in Shanghai (where she also met Fonteyn.) Her other teachers included Legat (London) and Kschessinska (Paris.)
She joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1935 but was invited by Tudor to guest with Ballet Rambert.
Brae was a principal with Vic-Wells from 1936 till 1942 and created the role of The Black Queen in de Valois's Checkmate, the Rich Girl in Ashton's Nocturne, Josephine in his A Wedding Bouquet and roles in his Les Patineurs, Harlequin in the Street and Dante Sonata.
Brae has the distinction of being the very first Lilac Fairy when the company staged Sleeping Beauty.
She had a quick comeback in 1946 with Sadler's Wells Opera Ballet where she created roles in Helpmann's Adam Zero and Howard's Assembly Ball.
She appered at the 50th anniversary gala for Sadlers Well's (1981) performing in The Rake's Progress.
Her name was linked with that of Pamela May through their careers and lifelong friendship. They appeared together as leading swans in Swan Lake, as the two named Wilis in Act II of Giselle, and as the Red Girls in Ashton's Les Patineurs.
Her husband predeceased her in death and she is survived by her daughter and son
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Resting place is known by family only
Created by: Medora
Record added: Mar 06, 2007
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