A drawing of a dancer in St.Petersburg, and Charlotte with Moya in the Legat exhibition in Carmarthen.
Charlotte Leadbeater sadly passed away on July 18th
Charlotte became a Trustee for The Legat Foundation in 2009.
Like everything Charlotte did she threw herself into working
as hard as she could.
Working for Legat she hosted The Legat Foundation
exhibition,” East meets West” first in St. David’s Hall, in Cardiff, then she
moved it to The Grand Theatre, Swansea, then to
the Museum in Carmarthen.
Charlotte was a very talented artist and had an amazing
ability to draw and paint pictures of ballet dancers actually moving.
She would sit watching a performance and never take her eyes
off the stage and produce the most recognizable image of the dancer dancing.
She became artist in residence for the company of Russian
dancers, for which she was also Director, called Swansea’s Ballet Russe, which
toured the UK and abroad, Charlotte was always there, painting the backdrop,
sweeping the stage or pinning a costume, she loved every minute of it.
Charlotte’s sister Jane, went to The Legat School of Russian
Ballet, where Charlotte often went to draw dancers at work.
Later Jane joined Harlequin Ballet, a small London based
company of Legat trained dancers, Charlotte often drew them so her eye was well
trained in the Legat Russian style of movement.
She supported all the Russian Ballet Schools which had grown
from the ashes of Swansea’s Ballet Russe.
She never missed a performance given by these schools
especially my school where she presented the prizes and donated a cup for
We will all miss her joie-de vivre.