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Leitch, Phyllis M. 
[Papers, photographs]

MSS 792.8099423 L533p

Biography

Phyllis Leitch conducted dancing classes in Adelaide from the mid 1920's to the 1930's from studios in Masonic Chambers, North Terrace and was also ballet mistress for the Conservatorium opera class throughout this period. She and her sister Peggy Westwood Leitch performed in public from an early age, in concerts arranged by their mother Mrs. Margaret (Maggie) Moir Leitch, a music teacher, for her music students. In 1933 Phyllis Leitch visited England, where she took classes under Elsa Brunelleschi and at the Cone School of Dancing. She held summer schools of dancing at Victor Harbour in 1931 and 1932, the first in South Australia, and taught a wide range of popular and folk dancing classes as well as ballet. She ended her classes with her marriage to Craig.

These papers were donated by Cynthia Rathjen in March in 1984.

Contents

Series 1: Diary. 1933. 1v

Series 2: Certificates of proficiency and reports on examinations. 1930-50. 8 items.
[Include S.A. School of Arts certificate 1930 for drawing and painting from life and Royal Show third prizes for original design and for pottery 1950; also Certificate of Merit for Margaret Leitch 1911 and elementary certificate of the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain, 1935]

Series 3: Notes on Greek Dance and Rhythmic Dance. nd. 1v.

Series 4: Notes for ABC broadcast by Mrs. Margaret Leitch on A Trip to Ireland, given in 1941, 16p. ms.

Series 5: Letter of John 'Jack' [Leitch?] to 'Mum' written at sea 'on Active Service', nd. [Easter World War II] 3p.

Series 6: Programmes and newspaper cuttings. 1915-40. 15cm.

Series 7: Photographs. c. 1915-36. 15cm.

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