It is with great sadness that we share the news that Central School of Ballet graduate Ruan Crighton was on the plane that crashed in Nepal on Sunday 15 January. Ruan graduated in 2008 and went on to dance in the Slovak National Ballet and then the Finnish National Ballet. He then decided to study physiotherapy at the University of Amsterdam as he wanted to continue to work with dancers after his performing career. He was in his second year of studies and was on a placement at a spinal injury unit in Kathmandu.
Ruan was a dynamic, energetic and engaged student, who was much loved by his fellow students, and valued by the staff of Central School of Ballet. His passion and talent were enjoyed by international dance audiences, and his decision to study to be a physiotherapist in the dance world is testament to his versatility.
Ruan’s fellow students Danny, Tom, Goz, and Jono, whose friendship started at Central but grew stronger over the years stated ‘He was the one who flew the furthest and highest, having the biggest ambitions out of all of us. His death has left a hole in our friendship group that will never be filled. In spite of his passing, he will always be close.’
Central School of Ballet extends sincere condolences to Ruan’s family and friends.