100 years old and going strong

100 years old and going strong

100 years old – still dancing, creating in Bodenwieser dance – Eileen Kramer

Eileen Kramer arrived like an apparition at The Hughenden, in her flowing dress and graceful movements. She was then 99 years old.
She still sews and designs her own dresses. Something she did for the B by revolutionary choreographer Madam Gertrude Bodenwieser. Eileen was part of the famed ballet troupe.
Elaine told me many stories over breakfast and she’s just gorgeous – she toured across Australia, South Africa and India, USA – an extraordinary life.
Today she turned 100 years old and I’m going to go to a dance class she is running.
ABC Compass has been filming her and her life – look out for it on COMPASS – one of my favourite shows.
I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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