Who is Princess Diana’s ballet teacher Anne Allan? – The American sun
PRINCESS private ballet teacher Diana has spoken for the first time in a new Channel 4 documentary.
Here’s everything you need to know about Anne Allan, the dance teacher who was one of Diana’s closest confidants at the start of her troubled marriage,
Who is Anne Allan and how did she know Princess Diana?
Born in Glasgow, Anne Allan is a dance coach and choreographer with years of experience performing on stage and on television. She is now working in Canada.
In the early 1980s, she was hired as a private ballet teacher with Diana, Princes of Wales.
She says Diana first approached her for lessons in 1981, when she was an instructor at the English National Ballet.
During their sessions together, the princess took her into her confidence and shared intimate details of her life and marriage.
Now she has spoken about it, apparently for the first time in public, in the controversial Channel 4 documentary Diana: In Her Own Words.
Anne shares how dancing helped Diana cope with the stress of her eventful marriage to Prince Charles.
She said, “When I first met her you could see there was tremendous shyness. But over time, as we took our dance class, we realized how much dancing meant to her.
“She had dancing in her soul. I realized the sheer pleasure it gave him. She loved the freedom to be able to move and dance. She loved it. I could see it was helping to ease her emotional life. It was difficult for her at that time.
Why was Diana taking dance lessons?
Diana had studied classical ballet as a child but had grown too old to dance at the highest level.
She continued her love of dance throughout her life and supported the English National Ballet, where she first met Anne Allan.
Diana also approached dancer Wayne Sleep for private lessons in the early ’80s, but he was too busy on tour.
Years later, the couple teamed up for a routine on stage at the Royal Opera House, to the surprise and delight of audiences at a fundraising gala.
Wayne tell the Guardian: “The audience gasped when Diana appeared, as if they had all taken a deep breath. The routine had a bit of everything: jazz, ballet, even a kickline.
“At one point I pirouetted and she pushed me down, then I carried her across the stage. I remember thinking, don’t let the future Queen of England down.
“She loved it, but was thrilled that we kept Charles a secret and that our rehearsals were away from the paparazzi.
“She loved the freedom that dancing gave her. A few days later, I got a letter. She wrote, ‘Now I understand the buzz you get from playing’.”
What did Anne Allan reveal in the 2017 documentary Diana?
Anne recounted how Diana struggled to cope with Charles’ cheating with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and the stress of her failed marriage led to her bulimia.
She says, “I noticed that she had lost a little weight and that’s when she told me she was bulimic. It was pure pressure, stress.
Anne recounts the documentary: “She loved Charles, yes. But Charles loved another woman. It’s very difficult for any woman when you love someone and realize that they might not love you.
“I think it made her very sad – devastated. She felt she was not enough.
“She told me that she was pregnant and that she wanted to give her marriage absolutely everything she could. She really wanted everyone to feel proud, but especially Charles.
“It was very important because of course he was going to be the future king.
“She realized that Charles was seeing Camilla, and I just remember being quite horrified by what she was telling me, and at the same time quite shocked. She was worried about what was going on.
“I know she asked Camilla to leave her husband alone. I thought it was pretty brave of him actually because I know how much it must have taken him to do that.
“What can you do about it? All you can do is try to make the marriage work and hope over time that things change, but that’s not really what happened.
What are Diana bands?
For the first time on UK television, Channel 4’s Diana: In Her Own Words aired tape footage recorded by Diana with vocal coach Peter Settelen in 1992 and 1993.
The bombshell tapes included Diana’s claims that Charles had been encouraged to have a mistress by his father, Prince Philip, and that the Queen had given no advice when she went to ask him for help in sobbing.
She also revealed how she fell in love with a police bodyguard and her belief that he was ‘pushed back’ to avoid embarrassment from the royal family.
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Friends of the late princess have lambasted Channel 4 for showing the “tasteless blood money” tapes, which they say would hurt her sons William and Harry.
And a friend of Mr. Settelen said he betrayed Diana by selling the private tapes.
Channel 4 bosses said it was an important historical document, while Diana’s former private secretary also backed the show as it reveals “a thoughtful and often funny princess finding her voice as as a storyteller of his own story “.