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INDENTSir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton, O.M., C.H., C.B.E., Bt., (1904-1988), first studied dance under Massine, a Choreographer from Diaghilev's company, before joining the Ballet Rambert who staged his first ballet, A Tragedy of Fashion, 1926; joined the newly formed Royal Ballet Company in 1935 and as Principle Choreographer (1935-70) and Director (1963-70), dominated British ballet with his innovative style; interrupted only by the Second World War during which he served in the Royal Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant, Ashton's carreer coincided with a renaissance in the English ballet; his works are amongst the most popular in the entire ballet repetoire and include Les Patineurs, Apparitions, Cindrella, Symphonic Variations, Façade, Romeo and Juliet, Illuminations, Sylvia, and Scènes de Ballet (C.B.E., 1950; Legion of Honour, 1960; Kt., 1962; Denmark, Order of the Dannebrog, 1964; C.H., 1970; O.M. 1977)

The full size Order of the Dannebrog was returned to the Danish Government after Sir Frederick's death
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