Tributes to Dame Margaret Scott who changed the landscape of ballet in Australia

The Australian Ballet has announced the death of Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE, at the age of 96.

David McAllister, the artistic director of The Australian Ballet, said “Dame Margaret Scott was a woman of vision and passion.

“She was one of the leading forces behind the foundation of The Australian Ballet and the founding director of The Australian Ballet School.

“The legacy of her amazing commitment to ballet in Australia will endure far into the future. She lifted talented dancers from around Australia and set them on a course to amazing careers both at home and across the globe.

“She worked with the master choreographers of her generation, such as John Cranko and Antony Tudor, and she was passionate about nurturing new choreography.

“Her memory will very much live on through The Dame Margaret Scott fund for choreographers, which will continue to power creativity at The Australian Ballet.

“Dame Margaret Scott (Maggie) enhanced our lives in so many ways”, said Graeme Murphy.

“She was our teacher, our mentor and the greatest champion of choreographers I know.

“Her legacy reaches into eternity, everyone she worked with has spread her wisdom, love and incredible insight; into the profession that we love so much, the world of dance.

“She has changed the landscape of the arts forever in our country and we’re eternally grateful”.

Lisa Pavane, director of The Australian Ballet School, said “our thoughts are with Dame Margaret’s family, including her husband, Professor Derek Denton and their two sons, Matthew and Angus, during this sad time.

“She set the foundations of The Australian Ballet School, which paved the way for the school to become one of the world’s top ballet training schools.

“From the establishment of the curriculum, the health and wellbeing programme, the administration and many other areas. She was my teacher, friend and mentor. I am deeply honoured to carry on her incredible legacy”.