(b Newcastle, NSW, Feb. 1940)
Australian dancer, choreographer, teacher, and ballet director. She studied with Lorraine Norton and van Praagh in Australia and at the Royal Ballet School in London (1956). In 1957 she danced briefly with the Royal Ballet; in 1958 she toured Australia with the Beth Dean company and with Robert Pomie's Ballet Français. She danced with the Borovansky Ballet as a soloist (1959–61) and in Europe with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas as prima ballerina (1961–2). She returned to Australia in 1962 to join the newly founded Australian Ballet and spent the next ten years as the company's prima ballerina. After a two-year break, she returned to the Australian Ballet as resident principal (1974–8), adding Tatiana in Cranko's Onegin and Juliet in his Romeo and Juliet to her considerable repertoire. She produced Sylvia for Ballet Theatre of Queensland (1974). From 1979 to 1982 she was artistic director of the Australian Ballet. Following her retirement she taught and in 1990 founded the Australian Institute of Classical Dance with the aim of establishing an Australian dance syllabus. Mother of the choreographer Stanton Welch.