Dulcie Howes

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Dulcie Howes (18*-19*) was a ballet dancer, choreographer and administrator.


She was the ballet mistress of a ballet school in Cape Town. After the very successful opening of The Marriage of Figaro she was approached by professor William H. Bell to bring her ballet school under the wing of the College of Music, as the UCT Ballet School.

Contribution to South African theatre

Through the recommendation of Bell, Howes also became the next Director of the Little Theatre in Cape Town.

In 1950 she became involved in setting up the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, both as organizer and choreographer, doing St Valentine’s Night and Les Diversions the UCT Ballet Company as part of the opening production of the venue on 1-3 December 1950.

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Inskip, Donald P., 1972.

For more information

Dulcie Howes: pioneer of ballet in South Africa. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau; 1996. ISBN 0-7981-3651-0.

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