Excerpt from The History Of Ballet in South Africa

From "University of Cape Town Ballet School and Company"

"As the picture of ballet in South Africa emerges, one sees that it is a patchwork of crises and courage; of blood, sweat and probably of many tears. .."
In her own school she[Dulcie Howes at the UCT Ballet School] turned out teachers of a very high standard, demanding academic as well as technical qualifications. With amateur dancers she produced a standard of performance that was most professional. This enabled her students to step into roles as soloists when they joined overseas companies, which she supplied with a steady stream of dancers. The Sadler's Wells/Royal Ballet employed many of Howes's pupils, and so did Ballet Rambert, the early Blum and Massine companies, as well as companies in Hannover, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Stuttgart, and she provided ballet masters and choreographers for the Royal Ballet and the Turkish National Ballet.
Perhaps her most important contribution to ballet was that she instilled both dancers and teachers with her own critical and severely self-critical approach, and she inspired her staff, all graduates from her school, who returned to carry on her tradition, to work as selflessly as she had done."

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