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Beatrice Tarnawski

This is the ballet bio of my grandmother Dulcie Dunlop, who taught ballet in Queensland during the 1920’s & 30’s. It’s from a very old book belonging to my mother. So maybe it’s my grandmother’s genes inspiring me to dance.

Dunlop, Dulcie (Mrs. Ladds). One of those people who fought hard for ballet tuition in the 1920-1930's. Had tuition from Miss Massey-Jackson, which led to a place in the ballet of Pat Hannah's "Diggers" at Cremorne. She appeared in plays produced by Barbara Sisley at the Theatre Royal and Cremorne and after joining the Rahilly-Brown Academy (where she assisted with the Saturday morning classes), she joined the "Sunshine Girls," and with them danced in "Pony" ballets in the picture theatres in Brisbane. She joined the Ion Maxwell-Mahon Co. "for a tour of the smalls" and after a somewhat abrupt ending to this taught Art subjects at "Craigard" Girls' School. She went off to Minnie Hooper in Sydney, and while there augmented her small allowance by doing part-time roles in visiting professional dramatic companies. She was in Muriel Starr's "Madame X" and in the famous "Totem Ballet" in "Rose Marie." When the theatrical depression set in she returned to Brisbane  where she opened a studio and taught Art of Speech and Dancing; did radio work, and appeared in Nelly Bramley shows at the Theatre Royal. She wrote a musical comedy, "What Next" with music by Meta Maclean. This was produced at Cremorne by Ion Maxwell, with Dulcie in the leading part, and with her pupils in the ballets and in minor roles. After this she turned more and more to her fiction-writing in which she has had much success.

Excerpt from page 33 of the book "Dancers of Queensland: Some Professional Dancers of, or from, Queensland and some Teachers of the Past and Present" by Marjorie Hollinshed (Mrs. K. M. Lucas) Published by W.K. Smith & Paterson Pty Ltd, Kemp Place, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. 1963.

 

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