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Farewell to a grand dame

DAME Margaret Scott, who has died in Melbourne at the age of 96, was the founding director of The Australian Ballet School. Maggie, as she preferred to be known, steered the development of the School from 1964, with the arrival of the first intake of students, until 1990. Over a 27 year period she planned curriculum, auditioned students, selected teachers, agonised over student welfare, encouraged emerging choreographers and thrived on what she called “creative change”.

Maggie was also a key figure in the establishment of the Australian Ballet Foundation, which came into being as a result of a series of informal meetings in her

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