Eileen

Stories from the Phillip Street Courtyard

Eileen Kramer & Tracey Spring

Eileen Kramer is a person for whom age does not exist.

Eileen is quite possibly the longest working dancer and choreographer in Australia, if not the world. At 103 years young, she continues to take to the stage and dance and create every day and is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. Eileen has lived an extraordinary life. She was born on 8 November 1914 and grew up in Sydney. Eileen came to dance relatively late in life, joining the Bodenwieser Ballet company, Australia’s first professional modern dance company, in 1940. She left Australia in the 1950s, performing around the world and meeting contemporary artists who have gone down in history as legends. Among the many artists she met, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Chico Marx, she loved Louis Armstrong the best.

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