Cranlana in Toorak is the former home of the Myer family and now serves as a centre for activities including the Cranlana Programme offering seminars on philosophical, ethical and social issues. Lady Southey AC, Patron of the Ballet Society, hosted garden parties there for the Ballet Society in 2005 and 2006, the latter being part of the Society's 40th Anniversary celebrations.
Guests were met at the door by Committee members and students from the Australian Ballet School, dressed in costumes from the ballet Napoli.
In the ballroom, our President Josie Woodgate reviewed the work of the Society over the past 40 years and introduced our guest speakers from The Australian Ballet. Colin Peasley, former dancer and now Manager of Education, had the audience in stitches with his brilliant delivery and sense of timing, as he recounted anecdotes from the Company's touring seasons. David McAllister, Artistic Director, spoke of the excitement and challenges of the forthcoming season. After presentation of gifts to the speakers, and flowers to our hostess, Lady Southey congratulated the Society on its 40th Birthday, and explained something of Cranlana's background.
From left: David McAllister AM, Lady Southey AC,
Josie Woodgate OAM, and Colin Peasley OAM
Prior to the talk, Committee members had been busy in the kitchen preparing sandwiches.
Above: Some of the dedicated Ballet Society volunteers who helped make the day a success
Part of the beautiful gardens, with students from the Ballet School