Edna Busse received her early dance
training in Melbourne with Eunice Weston
and was for a time junior assistant to
Weston. Later she studied with Xenia
Borovansky and subsequently danced with
the Borovansky Ballet where her principal
partners were Martin Rubinstein and Serge
Bousloff. By 1946 she was prima ballerina
with the company and the first fully
Australian trained dancer to reach the
rank of principal.
Busse went to London in 1952 where she
danced at the Palladium in a variety
of shows. She studied with Mathilde Kschessinska
in London and Paris until family illness
brought her back to Australia in 1955.
In Australia she was given a contract
by Harry Wren and continued to dance
for another few years before injury forced
her to retire. Following her retirement
from performing Busse taught in Melbourne
for several years and then opened a ballet
school in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales,
in 1968. With the support of a local
consortium she established Inland Ballet
and produced both the classics and new
works for this company.
Busse continues to live in Wagga Wagga
but has retired from teaching.