Dancer weaves story of her life in television spotlight
AS A 21-year-old television dancer with the ABC and Nine networks, Janet Keyte Utber appeared in shows with stars like Cliff Richard, Evie Hayes, Lorrae Desmond, Bert Newton, Graham Kennedy and U.S. entertainers Ken Delo and Jonathon Daly.
She was known as Janet Keyte then and now at age 77, after last year acquiring a degree in creative writing at Central Queensland University, she has put down her life and times in her first book, Tapestry Threads.
Janet, now living in Tewantin, had decades in the limelight as a professional dancer, choreographer and ballet teacher before moving to Noosa with husband Peter 15 years ago after extensive travelling around Australia.
Says Janet: "We couldn't think of a nicer place to settle. Later, in 2003 a friend told me about the University of the Third Age creative writing course. I joined and I've been writing short stories ever since. I've probably done about 400.
"I was 75 when I learned about CQ's creative industries course. I perked up my ears as, although I had degrees in ballet and piano, I had never been to university. I was interviewed by Professor Donna Lee Brien and I was accepted into the course, my credentials being the years I had with U3A plus my background in ballet with the National Theatre in Melbourne and my experience with ABCV2 and GTV9.
"I got high distinctions for each of my two years and that was fantastic. In July last year I received my certificate from the Chancellor."
Tapestry Threads is a photo-laden memoir which Janet has self-published.
"The print run is small but more can be printed if enough people are interested. I am giving one to the university. Donna and her colleagues were very supportive."