Dance North

School of Arts Building
Cnr of Stanley & Walker St

t 07 4772 2549
f 07 4721 3014

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The history - The Early Years

Founder of Dance North, Ann Roberts OAM FRAD

Founder of Dance North, Ann Roberts OAM FRAD

The North Queensland Ballet Company

  • There has always been a history of a large number of young people learning ballet in Townsville, but in the 1960s, there were far less career opportunities that there are now.
  • This was of great concern to many parents, but most importantly to Ann Roberts AM FRAD, principal of the Ann Roberts School of Dancing.
  • On 5 June 1969, Ann Roberts and a concerned parent, John Evans, spearheaded a public meeting at Pirani Hall in Townsville to assess public interest in forming a North Queensland ballet company.
  • 17 July 1969 : First General Meeting held and a constitution adopted, and Ann Roberts donates $100 to the new organisation and offers her studio for classes and rehearsals.
  • The North Queensland Ballet and Dance Company is born.
  • First auditions held for the new company, and 41 students were accepted including one from Ayr, five from Cairns and a Mt Isa girl.

Between 1970 and 1982, the North Queensland Ballet Company presented the following:

  • 24 original ballets created especially for the company
  • 3 productions with excerpts from full-length ballets
  • 3 full-length ballets re-created for the company.
  • 2 historical ballets created especially for the company.
  • 10 one-act ballets created or re-created on the company.