Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Valerie Lawson

Valerie Lawson is a journalist and author, and one of Australia’s leading dance writers. She was the foundation editor of Good Weekend, arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, dance writer for the Herald for 15 years and dance critic for The Australian Financial Review. She has written articles for the souvenir programs of ballet companies visiting Australia, among them the Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet and she also writes for The Australian Ballet’s souvenir programs. Valerie wrote the introduction to The Australian Ballet’s 40th anniversary book and a chapter on the company’s first decade, the 1960s, for The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary book. In 2010, she was awarded the Nancy Keesing Fellowship at the State Library of New South Wales where she researched the dance collections of the library. In 2011 she launched her own website, dancelines.com.au.