June 1962

Peggy van Praagh, 1959. © Lord Snowdon / Camera Press / Austral

Peggy van Praagh returns to Australia to take up the directorship of the new company. Van Praagh had directed the Sadler’s Wells Ballet and the Borovansky Ballet for a brief time before its demise. She brings with her Ray Powell, a ballet master from The Royal Ballet, and begins auditioning nationally for dancers.