It was with such excitement I accepted an invitation to the opening of Marilyn Rowe House for the Australian Ballet School. It was a wonderful affair where not like the usual events I attend with social attendees and bloggers, there was a more demure presence and a love of the arts.
I first started ballet when I was 3 going on until I was 15 only to have an injury of which I would not return, but I am so grateful for the discipline, wealth of being, and love of classical music that my training has provided. As a long time subscriber to the Ballet I have seen so many Swan Lake's, Nutcraker and Sleeping Beauty and now I am sharing the love of the arts with my children. I feel it is important to instill at a young age an appreciation for arts. I am always interested to see how a very young person perceives the arts and how we can make sure tradition of appreciation of arts can be carried through to the younger generations in a pop and celebrity status era.
Marilyn Rowe is a passionate and distinguished principal dancer with the Australian Ballet and is one who knows goals can be long term. Marilyn Rowe has been appointed an OBE from Her Majesty The Queen for her work in the Ballet and has forged her love to grow the arts in our country by being proactive and achieving a long time goal of a boarding facility where their is education as well as medical inclusive. It is an amazing accomplishment and has attracted many of the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove to the opening with an A list attendance.
About Marily Rowe OBE
Marilyn Rowe OBE Dip ABS, VGCEBI*
Marilyn Rowe was one of the first students accepted into The Australian Ballet School’s initial two year course; the first Prima Ballerina produced by the School and the first graduate to become its Director. In 1965, after just one year at the School, she was invited to join The Australian Ballet at the insistence of Dame Peggy van Praagh. While still a soloist, Rowe received her first invitation to Russia from Igor Moiseyev, who choreographed The Last Vision for herself and renowned partner, Kelvin Coe. In 1969 Rowe was promoted to principal artist.
In 1973 Coe and Rowe won individual Silver Medals and the Publishers’ Prize for the most outstanding couple at the Second International Ballet Competition in Moscow. They were also the first Australians to be invited to dance with the Bolshoi, Riga and Vilnius ballet companies. Rowe had many leading roles created on her by choreographers working with The Australian Ballet, including Glen Tetley’s Gemini, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow and Andre Prokovsky’s Anna Karenina.
Marilyn Rowe was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1980 for services to ballet in Australia. After the dancers’ strike in 1981, at the insistence of the dancers and the Board , Rowe was appointed Ballet Director and Acting Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet. The following year she became Deputy Artistic Director and directed The Australian Ballet’s Dancers Company from 1984 to 1990. In 1986 she was chosen by Lord Lichfield to be photographed for his collection of Australia’s most beautiful women. She is the recipient of two Green Room Awards and an Adams Award, and in 2003 was included in the first Victorian Honour Roll for Women, which honours her contribution to Victoria and the Nation. She is a Life Governor of Berry Street and has been a member of The Australian Ballet’s Board since 1994.
Since 1999 Rowe has held the position of Director of The Australian Ballet School. The same year she was appointed a member of the jury for the Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition, held biennially in Tokyo. She has also sat on juries for the Prix de Lausanne, the Youth America Grand Prix, and the Beijing International Ballet Competition.
During Marilyn Rowe’s directorship The Australian Ballet School has undergone great change, including the expansion of its training programme from three years to eight, mentoring, health, academic programmes and teacher training for professional dancers. Her vision for the School, while drawing from its past achievements, has included the development a holistic approach to training, balancing its rigorous demands with a creative, caring and challenging environment, which equips dancers artistically, intellectually and physically for the demands of the profession.
Thank you to 'The Australian Ballet School' for this information.
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield