Australian dancers are known as some of the hardest working in the world, due in no small part to the sheer exertion required to tour our vast continent. Dipping into a typical Sydney Dance touring schedule from 1970 reveals legions about the company’s grit, attack and stamina.
In 18 weeks the company performed 93 shows, traversing Albury, Ardlethan, Armidale, Auburn, Balgowlah, Ballina, Balranad, Bass Hill, Bathurst, Batlow, Bega, Bellevue Hill, Belmont, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Bexley, Blakehurst, Bonnyrigg, Broken Hill, Brookvale, Cabramatta, Carlingford, Chatham, Cheltenham, Coffs Harbour,Cooma, Coonabarabran, Cowra, Cremorne, Cronulla, Dapto, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Erina, Fairfield, Finley, Forbes, Frenchs Forest, Glen Innes, Gloucester, Goulburn, Grafton, Grenfell, Gunnedah, Hay, Holbrook, Kirribilli, Lismore, Maroubra, Mascot, Merrylands, Mildura, Miranda, Mosman, Moss Vale, Murrumburrah, Murwillumbah, Narrabeen, Narrabri, Newcastle, Normanhurst, North Sydney, Nowra, Orange, Penshurst, Parkes, Parramatta, Port Kembla, Pymble, Revesby, Ryde, Springwood, Sydney, Taree, Temora, Tumut, Vaucluse, Wagga Wagga, Wahroonga, Wallsend, Waverley, Wentworth, Willoughby, Wollongong, Wyong, Young.
No mean feat for a company that was then barely a year old.
Top image features Company dancers on tour through Adelaide, Launceston, Hobart and Canbera in 1989. Check out more fun photos and videos from past National and International tours below:
Dancers getting in touch with their spirit animals for ‘Wildebeest’ on National Tour in Alice Springs (2017)
Company dancers in Chile (2018)
Company dancers celebrating Sydney Dance Company turning 50 in Taiwan (2018)
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