It’s an exciting time to be exploring the history of dance, and Vintage Pointe offers research and consultancy to bring ballet’s past to a wider audience.

Caitlyn Lehmann BA (Hons) MA PhD is a cultural historian specialising in British ballet history. She has particular expertise in the events of the 18th and 19th centuries, but undertakes work covering all aspects and periods of ballet. Caitlyn has contributed articles and occasional reviews to Dancing Times (UK) and Dance Australia, and is regularly employed by The Australian Ballet as a research-based content specialist. She is currently contracted as a Research Assistant to University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. She has also undertaken PhD supervision for the University’s School of Culture and Communication (Faculty of Arts).

Caitlyn completed her doctorate on ‘Fashionable Society, Ballet and the King’s Theatre, 1770-1800’ at the University of Melbourne in 2012. She was a (minor!) research contributor to the 2015 BBC documentary The King Who Invented Ballet. In March 2017 she curated her first exhibition of historical dance prints, titled ‘From Court to Kitsch: Images of Ballet from the 17th to 20th Century.

Selected articles:

‘Enough About Lessons,’ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland programme for the Australian Ballet, 2017.

‘The Taglioni of Horsewomen,’ Dancing Times, December 2016.

‘Madly, Truly,’ Nijinsky programme for the Australian Ballet, 2016.

‘Dancing in Drag,’ Coppelia programme for The Australian Ballet, 2016.

‘Learning from Beauty,’ [interview article with David McAllister], Dancing Times, August 2015.

A Short History of Ballet,’ The Australian Ballet, online resource, 2015.

‘Maina Gielgud’s Giselle: A Pedigree,’ Giselle programme for The Australian Ballet, 2015.

Risky Dancing,’ Behind Ballet [blog], July 2015.

‘An Imperial Education,Imperial Suite [Ballet Imperial] progamme for The Australian Ballet, 2014. 

‘A Bayadere in Paris,’ La Bayadere programme for The Australian Ballet, 2014.

‘Fallen Women,’ Manon programme for The Australian Ballet, 2014.

The sweets of The Nutcracker,Behind Ballet [blog], October 2014.

The Nutcracker Doll: A History,’ Behind Ballet [blog], August 2014.

‘La Syl-fever,’ La Sylphide programme for The Australian Ballet, 2013.

Dancing in the Grave,’ Behind Ballet [blog], October 2013.

‘The Wonderful World of Ballet Stamps,’ Behind Ballet [blog], March 2013.

From the Shelf: The Ballet Goer’s Guide,” Behind Ballet [blog], January 2013.

Arty Facts, a series of 6 short articles supplied for each issue of Dance Australia during 2011.

‘Ballet Backlash,’ Dance Australia, Apr/May 2010: 36-40.

‘Representing Baccelli,’ Dance Chronicle 31, no. 1 (2008): 84-87.



‘Sylphs and Spiders: The Balletic Entanglements of Lola Montez,’ Castlemaine Historical Society, August 2017.

”Hoofing it!’ Dance on Saddle and Stage at Astley’s Amphitheatre, 1780-1800,’ English and Theatre Studies Seminar, University of Melbourne, May 2017

‘From Saddle to Stage: Ballet at Astley’s Amphitheatre, 1780-1800,’ 19th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium, New College, Oxford, March 2017

Airy Delights: Ballet, Balloonmania and Celebrity in Late Eighteenth-Century London,’ 16th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium, New College, Oxford, 2014

Opera girls in English discourse, 1750-1789,’ 14th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium, New College, Oxford, 2012

‘Dancers at the Pantheon,’ 13th David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth Century Studies, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2007


Did you know?

Caitlyn’s Masters thesis was titled ‘”She hadde lerned of minstralcie”: Women Entertainers in the Middle Ages’. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in female minstrels and jongleresses!