Her vision for the School was revolutionary because she was equally concerned to develop the dancers’ intellect as well as their technique. She acknowledged and encouraged self-expression, individuality and creativity.
Dame Margaret has involved herself in almost all of the major developments in dance education in this country since the mid 1960s, including the establishment of Ausdance. A graduate of RMIT University, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education by that institution in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a dance and arts educator. Other awards include her appointment as an Officer, and subsequently Dame Commander, of the Order of the British Empire, Dame Commander and a Companion of the Order of Australia. Margaret’s influence on dance and dancers in this country is immeasurable.