Lilly Maskery

Lilly Maskery

‘It is such an honour to be a part of the legacy that is The Australian Ballet, and very exciting that I get to play a role in its future’
– Lilly Maskery

Name?
Lilly Maskery

Lilly Maskery, courtesy of The Australian Ballet

Age?
19

Where did you grow up?
Auckland, New Zealand

What age did you start dancing?
Three years old

What’s your first memory of dance?
Being obsessed with myself in the mirror during my first tap class at age 3

Favourite ballet/contemporary work?
My favourite ballets are Giselle and Onegin and my favourite contemporary work is Claude Pascal by Jiri Kylian

Favourite dance film/ book/ podcast?
My favourite dance podcast is Conversations on Dance hosted by Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Breeden.

Favourite moment on stage
ABS September Showcase 2019 in Simon Dow’s Defile when all of us graduates walked down the State Theatre stage as a cohort.

What repertoire/ role do you aspire to perform?
I would love to perform big classic dramatic roles such as Giselle or Juliet.

Who is your dance idol or mentor?
My dance idol is David Hallberg

Do you prefer classical or contemporary repertoire?
Classical

How have you been keeping busy during lockdown?
Watching a lot of Netflix and re-organising my apartment.

What are you most looking forward to being back in the studio?
I’m looking forward to starting rehearsals again and hopefully being able to do my first performance as a company member.

What do you think makes TAB such an incredible company to be a part of?
Even though we are a relatively young company, there is still so much history which is passed down from generation to generation. It is such an honour to be a part of the legacy that is The Australian Ballet, and very exciting that I get to play a role in its future.

What is your biggest aspiration for your career?
My biggest aspiration for my career would be to make an audience feel that my performance changed them in some way making them think or feel differently leaving the theatre.

Thomas Gannon

Thomas Gannon

‘I feel a part of something special and that I get to become my own artist’
-Thomas Gannon

Name?
Tom Gannon

Age?
19

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Sydney until I was 14 and then moved to Melbourne to further my ballet training.

What age did you start dancing?
I started dancing at the age of 3 at a small ballet school called North Shore Dance Academy in the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

What’s your first memory of dance?
My first memory of dancing would be when I was 3 and we were doing a version of The Nutcracker and I came on as a little nutcracker soldier and I just remember being so scared but also loving it at the same time.

Favourite ballet/contemporary work?
My favourite ballet would have to be Balanchine’s Jewels or La Sylphide.

Thomas Gannon, courtesy of The Australian Ballet

Favourite dance film/book/podcast?
My favourite dance film is the documentary of the Ballet Russes and the book that I most enjoy reading would be David Hallberg’s book A Body of Work.

Favourite moment on stage?
Favourite moment on stage was last year when I was a graduate of the Australian Ballet School and we were dancing to Balanchine’s Who Cares? for our showcase.

What repertoire/role do you aspire to perform?
The role I aspire to performing would be either the lead man in Emeralds in Balanchine’s Jewels or as Franz in Coppelia.

Who is your dance idol or mentor?
My dance idol would have to be both Lucinda Dunn and David Hallberg.

Do you prefer the classical or contemporary repertoire?
Although I enjoy watching contemporary works, my heart belongs to ballet.

How have you been keeping busy during lockdown?
I have been keeping busy during lockdown by doing schedule class in the morning and then gym work to keep up fitness and then going out and trying to find the little amount of sunshine Melbourne has to offer. I also in the downtime watch movies or do lots of house cleaning.

What are you most looking forward to about being back in the studio?
What I’m most looking forward to is just being in the space again and being able to move and not feel trapped inside a tiny space.

What do you think makes TAB such an incredible company to be a part of?
I really enjoy working at TAB as I feel a part of something special and that I get to become my own artist and explore my artistic qualities that I have.

What is your biggest aspiration for your career?
My biggest aspiration would be to one day reach the title of Principal and be able to do the lead roles in ballet and bring joy to the audiences that come to watch.

Larissa Kiyoto-Ward and Jett Ramsay

Larissa Kiyoto-Ward and Jett Ramsay

Two other dancers also joined the Company in 2020 – Larissa Kiyoto-Ward and Jett Ramsay.

Larissa Kiyoto- Ward

Larissa was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand; she began dance classes at the age of four. She trained at the Mount Eden Ballet Academy and The Australian Ballet School. Larissa’s passion for dance was sparked by Barbie of Swan Lake, as a younger Larissa wished to have the talent and elegance of Barbie.

Jett Ramsay

Jett Ramsay was born in Sydney and grew up in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. He began dance classes at the age of seven. He trained at Extreme Dance Studios and The Australian Ballet School. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2020.