Eighty years ago, in Brisbane, a small band of dedicated ballet teachers, led by the indomitable Miss Phyllis Danaher, established the Queensland branch of the newly formed Australasian Society of Operatic Dancing, an umbrella organisation for teachers of ballet.

This was the genesis of Ballet Theatre of Queensland, now arguably Queensland’s, if not Australia’s, leading youth ballet company.

Eighty years of existence for any arts organisation takes passion, resilience and imagination, and Ballet Theatre’s history, reading like a who’s who of the State’s dance luminaries, is also a reflection of the history of dance in Queensland.

Whether you have been a supporter of Ballet Theatre for years, or are new to the fold, we welcome you to explore our history on our archive.


Website proudly supported by Brisbane City Council through a Community History Grant

Special thanks to

State Library of Queensland and QPAC Museum

Writer, Editor and Archivist

Dr Christine Comans

Website Design and Development


Archival research

Denise Richardson