Valerie Lawson

Valerie Lawson is an author and journalist who lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a former arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and, from 1990 to 2009, the Herald’s dance writer. Valerie was dance critic for The Australian Financial Review, 1994-2002, and has edited many sections of the Herald including the weekend colour magazine. As a freelance writer, she is a contributor to balletco, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Dance Australia. She holds a Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance and graduated B. Phil. (Hons.) in Ballet and Contextual Studies, from the University of Durham, 2002.
Valerie is the author of three books, has recently launched her own website, www.dancelines.com.au and is now writing a history of dance in Australia.

Postcard from Australia

by Valerie Lawson October 12, 2011 Interviews / Features
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Valerie Lawson with a roundup of thoughts and latest news from Oz including: Australian Ballet, the Cranko legacy, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Sydney Spring Dance with DV8 and Pina Bausch…

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Postcard from Australia

by Valerie Lawson August 19, 2011 Interviews / Features
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The “ballet last” problem is now so ingrained in prize giving in Australia that there should be a separate award for this dance form.

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Graeme Murphy and Australian Ballet’s New Romeo and Juliet

by Valerie Lawson July 31, 2011 Interviews / Features
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“I don’t want people dozing in the comfortable world of Verona and in the autumnal qualities of something that is familiar”, says Graeme Murphy. “I don’t want this to be Cranko or MacMillan revisited”.

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