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Laurel Martyn, RIP

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Australian dancer Laurel Martyn is dead at age 97.

Born Laurel Gill, Martyn trained in Toowoomba and Brisbane before going to London in 1933. There she quickly established herself, winning several awards and joining the Vic-Wells (later Sadler's Wells) Ballet in 1936. She was - the first Australian woman to be accepted into the company led by fellow Australian Robert Helpmann and Fonteyn.

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