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Written by: Elizabeth

Moira Maudsley passed away on 14th December 2007. She was a Life Member and retired Grades Examiner.

She trained with Ivy Conmee, one of the Academy's founding members in South Africa, and completed all RAD examinations to Advanced level. For several years she was assistant teacher to Miss Conmee in Johannesburg.

In April 1947 Moira Maudsley and her lifelong friend, Jose Orlandini, travelled to London, UK, and auditioned for the summer show in Blackpool entitled "Out of the Blue". She also danced in "Burlesque" as principle dancer before returning to South Africa a year later. Prior to going to London she was a member of the Johannesburg Festival Ballet Society and was well known for her character roles in pantomimes and musical reviews performed during the Second World War to entertain troops.

In 1952 she settled in Pietersburg in the former Northern Transvaal (Limpopo Province) and introduced the RAD syllabus and method in the region.

Miss Maudsley was very involved in the arts circle in Pietersburg and surrounding areas, helping to produce plays, concerts and shows and was awarded Northern Transvaal Woman of the Year in the 1950's for her contribution to the arts.

As a Grades Examiner she travelled extensively throughout South Africa and abroad. Miss Maudsley had a beautifully modulated speaking voice and was indeed an ambassadress for the Academy always speaking highly of the organisation and always a loyal and dedicated member. She retired as a teacher and examiner in 1994 and returned to Johannesburg.

Her interest beyond ballet extended to opera and sports fields. She was a keen bowler and an avid supporter of the South African Cricket Team.


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