Margaret Illman

The Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship

Published: 14/05/2018 11:43am

Margaret Illmann enjoyed a 21-year career as an international Principal ballerina before obtaining her Bachelor of Physiotherapy to focus on Dance/movement Physiotherapy and Performance coaching. She was Principal dancer with the Australian Ballet Company (Hon.Dip Dance ABS), Canadian, Stuttgart, Berlin and Vienna Ballet Companies. Principal guesting included New York City Ballet, English National Ballet, La Scala Milan, Hamburg Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet Munich and Zurich, dancing the major repertoire. Coaches included Makarova, Popa, Dowell, Robbins, Haydee, Grant, Golovine, Schaufuss + Verdi. One highlight was representing Australia dancing Juliet with the Royal Danish Ballet for the Wedding Gala of Mary Donaldson.

Margaret received a number of honours including South Australian Young Achievers Award, Pommery Scholarship to study with Paris Opera School and presented with main European Critics Awards. 

Her varied career included published articles, Canadian television made specials about her dancing and the lead role on Broadway as Victoria Page in The Red Shoes (1994-1995). Here she was awarded The Theatre World Award as Best Actress on Broadway, the Fred Astaire Prize as Best Dancer on Broadway and a New York Drama Desk Nomination.

Returning to Australia mid-2005 she coordinated/lectured for the Ballet department (West Australian Academy of the Performing Arts), obtained a degree inTeaching/Assessment and Business/ Marketing. She then obtained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy to specialises in Dance Physiotherapy. She guest adjudicates and is Director/performance coach with Ballet to Broadway Coaching. She is a member of APA, IADMS, and Honorary Member of Cecchetti Australia.