Monday March 31, 2014

Remembering Miss Sykes – A day of celebration

At Mosman Library one of our websites is Mosman Faces, a site that tells stories that have shaped the Mosman Community. And on Saturday 29 March we started to tell the story of Mosman ballet teacher Mavis Sykes (1909-1997) through your memories and your memorabilia.

From 10am the celebration of Mavis Sykes life began!

Former students, parents of students, colleagues and friends poured into the Library and shared their memories, on film and through their costumes, tutus, toe shoes, pointe shoes, medals, certificates, concert programmes and photographs.

Clifton Haynes describes performing with Mavis Sykes in the 1948 production of Desert King, Hilarie Lindsay remembers living next door to the Sykes family in the 1930’s, student Shane Carroll talks about Mavis Sykes’ influence as she forged a dance career at home and on the international stage, and Judy and David Plomley reminisce about a lifelong friend that taught their three daughters ballet from a very early age.

These stories are just a taste and just the beginning.

Stay tuned as we merge together your memories, your photos and your memorabilia with a recording by Ian Campbell (Mavis Sykes’ son) in an effort to honour and celebrate the remarkable life of Mavis Sykes on Mosman Faces.

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