Pioneers

Pioneers

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson (1901-1999) Cecchetti Council of America REMEMBERING LAURA WILSON – 1999 The Charter Members of the Cecchetti Council of America had the insight to bring the first generation Cecchetti

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Pioneers

Helen Webb

Helen Webb (1882-1968) Robert Crompton’s* former pupil Helen Webb arrived in South Africa in 1912 and introduced “fancy dancing” to Cape Town from 1913. As she was 30 at the

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Peggy Van Praagh

MEMORIES OF EARLY DAYS Written by Brenda Hamlyn-Bencini My memory of Peggy van Praagh is still vivid in spite of the many years that have passed since I first met

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Valrene Tweedie

Valrene Tweedie O.A.M. (1925-2008) The Cecchetti Organisation in Australia must count itself very fortunate to have had such an experienced member of the dance profession as one of its staunchest

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Pioneers

Margaret Saul

Margaret Saul (1902-1987) Margaret Saul was born in Dover, England, where her father had a dentist’s practice. She had one brother and one sister. Unusual in that era, she left

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Lucie Saronova

Lucie Saronova (1900-1988) Madam Lucie Saronova was the founding organizer and first chairman of the Australian Cecchetti Society branch of the imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing; her term of

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Mabel Ryan

Mabel Ryan, a South African, was born in Cape Town. She went overseas to study ballet and danced with the Pavlova Company. In the 1930s the Craske-Ryan School opened at

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Nora Roche

Nora Roche (1906-1982) Born in London, England in 1906, Nora Roche first studied dancing with Dore Desnaux. As a student, she studied the Cecchetti method with Margaret Craske. From 1925

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Cecily Robinson

Cecily Robinson (1916-2003) After training as a pupil of Helen Webb, and more seriously with Helen B. White in Webb’s studio Cecily Robinson decided it was time to learn more

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Betty Oliphant

Betty Oliphant (1918-2004) A true pioneer – so many dance related institutions thriving in Canada and elsewhere in the world today owe their beginnings and bear witness to the vision,

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