Lucette Aldous

New Zealand-born Lucette Aldous trained in Brisbane and Sydney before entering the Royal Ballet School in 1955. In 1957 she began her professional career with Ballet Rambert.

Her partnership with Nureyev developed at this time when Nureyev asked her to partner him in his production of Don Quixote for the Australian Ballet, which premiered in Adelaide on 28 March 1970. The role of Kitri particularly suited the vivacious, effervescent and technically accomplished Aldous and in 1973 she repeated her stage success as Kitri and as Nureyev's partner when the Australian Ballet filmed the Nureyev production of Don Quixote.

Now retired from full-time work at WAAPA, Aldous continues to live in Perth and to coach, adjudicate and teach. She received the award for services to dance at the 2001 Australian Dance Awards.