Historical research, writing and consultancy

“An After-Dinner Episode”, Puck (New York), 3 December 1890, artwork by Syd. B. Griffin.

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 various aspects and periods of ballet as required. Caitlyn has contributed articles and occasional reviews to Dancing Times (UK) and has also written for Dance Australia. She is regularly employed by The Australian Ballet as a research-based content specialist, supplying programme articles and online pieces. She is currently contracted as a Research Assistant to University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and 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 CenturyDuring the course of 2018 she has been an invited speaker for the Bastille Day Festival in Melbourne.


Selected articles:

The Man Behind the Myth,’ Spartacus programme for the Australian Ballet, 2018.

Spartacus in Australia,’ [interview article with Lucas Jervies], Dancing Times, September 2018.

‘Layers of Giselle,’ Giselle programme for the Australian Ballet, 2018.

‘The Rise of the Choreographer,’ Balletomane [The Australian Ballet subscriber magazine], Issue 11, 2018.

The Belle Epoque Dance Scene,’ Behind Ballet [blog], April 2018.

‘A Fine Line: The risky business of ballet in gaslit theatres,’ Balletomane [The Australian Ballet subscriber magazine], Issue 10, 2018.

‘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.

Carlotta Zambelli and Mlle Mante (dressed in travesti) for Les Ronde des Saisons, Paris Opera Ballet, c.1905.



‘Ravishing! Dance in Belle Epoque Paris, 1885-1909,’ Bastille Day French Festival, Meat Market, Melbourne, 14 July 2018.

‘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