Beryl Karney

formerly Beryl Goldwyn, prima ballerina of Ballet Rambert



Beryl Goldwyn in Gala Performance

Beryl Karney

Beryl Karney at the feria in Sevilla

Beryl Karney belly dancing




Dame Marie Rambert

Dame Marie Rambert

Beryl Karney was formerly the famous ballerina Beryl Goldwyn, She trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and took part in the opening performance of the Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1946 with Margot Fonteyn.

In 1949 she joined the Ballet Rambert and rose to become Prima Ballerina. She was personally coached by Dame Marie Rambert

 throughout her eleven years with the Company. She performed at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London and toured throughout the UK and to the United States, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy and Lebanon.  Her ballet rôles included Façade, Dark Elegies, Judgement of Paris, Gala Performance, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Nutcracker.  In 1957 she took part in the Baalbek International Festival in Lebanon, where she danced in the ruins of the Roman temples alongside the celebrated Lebanese singer Fairuz.

Beryl is also a painter having studied in London with Maggie Hambling.                      To see pictures click on pictures





Beryl in Giselle

Beryl as Giselle

Her most celebrated rôle was as Giselle where her interpretation was likened to that of Markova. (See reviews from "The Times".)

As well as classical ballet, Beryl has trained in Egyptian classical belly dance and Flamenco at the Christina Heeren Flamenco Foundation.  She has also appeared extensively on television.

Before her retirement in 2000 she played a Gypsy in the Royal Ballet production of Don Quixote, staring Sylvie Guillem, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Queen Mother in Cinderella for the Twin Cities Ballet in Illinois.


Beryl in Giselle

Beryl in Other Ballets

Beryl Photos

Paintings by Beryl Karney


My husband Andrew

My son Peter

To Contact Beryl