Scott, Margaret (1922–)

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Scott, Margaret (1922–)

English ballet dancer. Name variations: Dame Margaret Scott. Born Catherine Margaret Mary Scott, April 26, 1922, in Johannesburg, South Africa; married Derek Ashworth Denton (an Australian), 1953.

Trained at Sadler's Wells School and with Marie Rambert in London, England; joined Ballet Rambert (1941), where she danced Odile in the company's one-act Swan Lake and The Hen in Howard's Carnival of Animals; also performed in La Sylphide, and Tudor's Gala Performance and Judgment of Paris; after touring Australia with Ballet Rambert (1947), remained there, dancing with National Theatre Ballet in Melbourne; founded the Australian Ballet School (1963) and served as its director (1963–90). Received DBE (1981) and Companion of the Order of Australia (2005).