Laurel Martyn

Laurel Martyn (born Laurel Gill, 23 July 1916 – 16 October 2013) was an Australian ballerina.In 1933, she left Australia for England and studied with Phyllis Bedells. In 1934 she won a choreographic scholarship from the Association of Operatic Dancing (later the Royal Academy of Dance) for Exile, her first composition. In 1935 she became the second Australian to win the Adeline Genée Gold Medal. Martyn joined the Vic-Wells Ballet (later Sadler's Wells) in December 1935, the first Australian woman to be accepted into the company. By 1938, she was a soloist. That same year, she returned to Australia and became a dance teacher. She joined Edouard Borovansky's eponymous ballet corps in 1940 and remained until her marriage to Lloyd Lawton in 1945.

Personal facts

Laurel Martyn
Alias (AKA)Gill Laurel
Birth dateJuly 23, 1916
Birth nameLaurel Gill
Birth place
Toowoomba , Queensland , Australia
Date of deathOctober 16, 2013