Patron and FounderLorraine Peters

Q.S.M., ARAD (Life Member), A.B.B.O

Lorraine Peters, Master Tutor and Choreographer, established her own very successful Ballet School in 1951 and ten years later founded the Christchurch Ballet Society. New Zealand trained; Lorraine Peters has dedicated her career to dance training of excellence and the development of ballet in Christchurch. In 1975 she became the Founder and Artistic Director of Southern Ballet Theatre and five years after returning from the U.S.A founded the Southern Ballet Junior Company. During her career, she has trained numerous dancers who have gone on to join professional ballet companies at Principal and Soloist levels. Past students have achieved Adeline Genee Medal, Sir John Logan, Campbell Award, Alana Haines Award, Young Performer of the Year, and many others. She choreographed numerous full-length original ballets for the company and has guest conducted major and grade seminars. In 1991, Lorraine Peters received the Queens Service Medal in recognition for her achievements to ballet in New Zealand.