Valrene Tweedie OAM
29th March 1925 - 4th August 2008

A Member of Colonel de Basil original Ballet Russe 1940, Ballet Russe in USA working with choreographic masters Fokine, Balanchine and Massine, first Australian to perform in an American based Company, Ballet National de Cuba, Choreographer and Ballerina of National Theatre Ballet in Melbourne until 1955, choreographed variety shows and classical ballet programs for ABC Television, 1960 founded Ballet Australia, guest teacher for the Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company, 1992 danced the role of Clara, the elder in Graeme Murphy's Australian Premiere of Nutcracker for the Australian Ballet Company in Sydney and again in the 1994 Melbourne season, Steven Baynes' requiem and Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly, Australian Dance Awards 1998 - Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006 appointed co-patron of Cecchetti Ballet Australia - NSW together with Graeme Murphy AM.