Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Blue Bird Pas de Deux, The Nutcracker ON TOUR

Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Blue Bird Pas de Deux, The Nutcracker ON TOUR

March 24th, 1979 — March 24th, 1979


After a financially disastrous 1978, Chairman Ira Smith was pleased to announce in his annual report that “1979 had been a very successful year” with a balance of over $19,000 in the bank, an effort not achieved “by sitting about and waiting”. He paid tribute to those who had worked especially hard during the year to achieve this much needed turnaround in BTQ’s fortunes:

The ballet teachers of Brisbane, our members and supporters have rallied behind an executive to overcome our problem and to give us a sound financial base for the coming year. I am glad that this my final year as Chairman has seen a revitalization of Ballet Theatre.

I must congratulate Miss Phyllis Danaher our Artistic Director for her production of Les Sylphides and Nutcracker and also Miss Carmel Nolan (for a short time our Assistant Artistic Director) and Miss Wendy Lowe our Ballet Mistress for their generous donation of time and effort in helping to achieve the success culminating in the Twelfth Night Theatre season.

Miss Danaher has for many years completely identified herself with Ballet Theatre to the detriment of her own studio. Miss Nolan and Miss Lowe have very successful studios of their own and any time (and it was considerable) they gave was to the detriment of their own studios. Their help does not go unnoticed.

Our thanks also to Mr Paul Wright for the master classes he gave during the year.

For over two decades Jack Rodgers has been an official of Ballet Theatre. On behalf of all members I place on record our appreciation of his work for Ballet Theatre and it is regretted that we receive his resignation.

In her Artistic Director’s report, Miss Danaher wrote:

Ballet Theatre has been very fortunate this year in that it has had the services of young Bill Stanfield; with continuing hard work and development he has the potential to develop into a very useful dancer and technically he is the best male dancer we have had; we wish him well as he tries to break into the professional field.

The Nutcracker seasons were one of our best both artistically and financially. The dancing of both Bill Stanfield and Susan McIntosh in Sylphides was excellent and Bill and Glenda Kelly were superb in Nutcracker. This year we had one of our youngest Claras ever in Sallyanne Kay and she captured the hearts of all who saw her dance and act that role.

From Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s 1978 Annual Report


Miami Great Hall, March 24
Lismore City Hall, May 5
Artistic Director
Phyllis Danaher M.B.E.
Assistant Artistic Director Carmel Nolan
Production Director
Phyllis Danaher assisted by Carmel Nolan & Wendy Lowe
Rehearsal Director
Ballet Mistress Wendy Lowe
Guest Artists
Rudi Guerin & Christine Dwyer
Lighting Designer
Jack Rodgers
Frederic Chopin
Leo Delibes
Peter Tchaikovsky
Sir Mostyn Hanger K.B.E


  • Rudi Guerin
  • Christine Dwyer
  • Marise McGuirk
  • Susan McIntosh
  • Glenda Kelly
  • Bill Stanfield
  • Julie Matthews
  • Julie Morris
  • Leanne Sinclair
  • Michelle White
  • Karen Bennett
  • Wendy Lowe
  • Leanne Sinclair
  • Julie Anne McNamara
  • Andrea Campbell
  • Janine Crane
  • L. Fulton
  • S. Gadsby
  • Anita Keir
  • Robyn Keir
  • T. Luck
  • Helen Ralston
  • Lisa Smerdon
  • Rochelle Struby

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