Dance teacher receives OAM

Former Castlemaine resident and long time local dance teacher Roma Ivetic has been awarded an Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of Castlemaine.
Ivetic was the owner and teacher at the Roma Ivetic School of Dance for an incredible 60 years teaching thousands of children at Castlemaine, Kyneton and Sacred Heart Kyneton before retiring in 2017.
Many would recall her weekly classes based at the Faulder Watson Hall in Barker Street and concerts over the years at the Town Hall and Library Hall.
Ivetic no doubt inspired a passion for dance in countless young people during her six decades of dedicated ballet, jazz and international dance instruction.
Mrs Ivetic told the Mail she was surprised but delighted to receive the award honour.
“It was a shock but just lovely and I thank whoever nominated me,” she said.
“I think the dance classes and concerts really helped to increase the children’s confidence and many have gone on to use this to forge successful careers,” she said.
Mrs Ivetic, who now resides in Strathfieldsaye, was also recognised for her contribution to various local community groups including as a volunteer at the Castlemaine Pioneers and Old Residents Association and a supporter of the Alexander Home for the Aged.
“We enjoyed giving annual Christmas concerts at the Aged Care Home and it was a real highlight for the residents and really brought a smile to their faces,” she said.
Mrs Ivetic was also recognised as a financial supporter for a range of local community organisations including Castlemaine Fire Brigade, Castlemaine Pipe Band, and the Kyneton Fire Brigade.
And for her efforts as a former trainer of local debutantes for the Castlemaine Hospital and Mayoral Balls.
Mrs Ivetic said much of the funds from their annual concerts were donated to the Save the Children Fund.
“I would tell the children we are raising funds to help other children in need across the world,” she said.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.