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PEGGY SAGER, Prima Ballerina
A biography of Australia's finest classical ballerina of the 1940s and 1950s and the history of early Australian ballet, in which she played an important part.
ISBN 0 9751685 0 9
192 pages, 124 photos and illustrations.

 

 Peggy Sager was born in Auckland in 1924. In 1941 she moved to Sydney because there were no ballet companies in New Zealand.

She was principal dancer of the Kirsova Ballet in Sydney and the Metropolitan Ballet in the UK. She was also Premiere Danseuse of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Prima Ballerina of the Borovansky Ballet, and soloist in the film The Red Shoes. Her performances in Swan Lake were legendary.

She and her first husband, Paul Hammond, opened a ballet school in Melbourne in 1953. After retiring from dancing, she ran a ballet school at Mt Eliza. Together with Kathleen Gorham, Peggy also ran an annual Summer School on the Gold Coast. Employing some of Australia’s greatest dancers, Peggy continued running the Summer School alone after Kathie’s untimely death. In its 13 years, 965 students attended.

She was on the Board of Directors of the Australian Ballet and a member of the Royal Academy of Dancing Advisory Committee of Australia.

Peggy, her second husband, Ken Taylor, and their two children, moved  to Coffs Harbour in 1988. She adjudicated for eisteddfods and competitions throughout Northern NSW. She was very active until her health began deteriorating in 2000.  She passed away on 27 July 2002.

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