Michael Crookes

I was saddened to learn that Michael Crookes died last month. He was a dancer, choreographer, writer and dance administrator. He was only 47 when he died on the 12th April, in Tunbridge Wells. He had been suffering from cancer.

I only knew him for a short time when our paths crossed in the early 1980s. We had a friend in common: Kerrison Cooke. Kerry was a dancer at the London Festival Ballet and he and Michael , who joined the Royal Ballet in 1980, became very close. Michael had a great sense of humour, and young as he was, was an excellent storyteller and wit. Kerry also had an impish sense of humour, and the combination of the two of them could reduce their listeners to tears of laughter. Alas, Kerry died back in 1989, and now Michael has gone too.

The May 2009 issue of Dance Europe carries Michael’s obituary, and I also found the following on YouTube, which appears to have been made by Michael during his last days:

RIP, Michael.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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5 Responses to Michael Crookes

  1. georgia allen says:

    Thankyou for posting about Michael Crookes. I was at Legat ballet school with him in the same year.My friend Cathy Evans and I would have endless banter with micheal and tease him mercilessly, and he would think up evil pranks to get his own back. Needless to say we were v. fond of him.I became an actor and bumped into him in clapham in the late 80s He was still hilarious. Thankyou for posting the montage – it brought back many memories. God bless him!

    • Geoff Coupe says:

      Hello Georgia, glad to have been able to freshen your memories of Michael…

      • Nina Ghosh says:

        Hi – Nina Ghosh here. I also was at Legat with Michael and have many fond memories of a lovely sensitive sweet boy. I was at the senior end of the school when he joined and was his ‘ school mum’. Much later, we renewed our friendship because my son (aged 8yrs at the time) was dancing and Michael took the boys class every Saturday. It was so good to renew our friendship but unfortunately it was not long after that he became ill. They say the ‘good die young’ and that seems to ring true in Michael’s case. Thanks for the lovely footage.

  2. Catherine Francoise says:

    What a wonderful dancer Michael was ~ Rest in Peace

  3. Serge Guilbert says:

    So very sad.After so many years I finally find out what happened to Michael Crookes whom i had met and known in 1980 when i was working at the Royal Opera House. I had lost touch with him to my regret. Seeing his smile again for the first time after so many years brought back so many happy memories of a too brief close friendship. I never forgot him.

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