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Shirley McKechnie AO

  • Photographer: from the Ausdance National collection

Shirley has been influential in shaping tertiary dance education since her establishment of the first dance degree program at Rusden College in Melbourne. She has worked tirelessly as a teacher, writer, mentor and advocate since the 1960s.Shirley McKechnie OAM.

Ann Roberts AM

Ann established her own dance studio in Townsville which still thrives 50 years later, under the leadership of Ann’s daughter Jane Pirani. In 1969 Ann founded The North Queensland Ballet and Dance Company which later became Dance North.

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