History

DGMiss Dorothy Gladstone began teaching in the Victorian Railways Institute building in Flinders St in approximately 1921. The VRI records show she had a permanent booking in room 56 for over sixty years. Miss Gladstone had a great ability to connect with children and parents and thus made her classes enjoyable and highly popular.

Miss Gladstone quickly recognised the need for a dance Society to be established in Victoria with the objective to raise the standard of dance and to offer medal tests and teacher qualifications in ballroom.

It was in 1931 that pioneer dance educator returned to Melbourne from a visit to London Where she completed her teaching qualification in Ballroom dancing. England was the home of this dance genre and the technique of the style had recently been agreed and standardised by the British teachers. By 1933 Dorothy Gladstone had completed her qualifications in Classical Ballet, Highland, Tap, National and Theatre dance.

Dorothy GladstoneRecognising that the needs of teachers and students in these genres differed from those in the ballroom world she established The National Examination System (the NES). She developed progressive syllabi for each of the genres. She trained other experienced dancers to be examiners.

She set the standard for those in the Society that followed her to keep abreast of new trends and choreography. Dorothy went on annual trips to London and New York where she was would gain new ideas from Broadway and West End shows.

Dorothy Gladstone was a member of the Australian Dancing Board from 1931 to 1960. She is acknowledged by the ABD in the Hall of Fame for her Outstanding Contribution to the Growth & Achievement of a Dance Society.