Meet the New Dancers is back!
We are thrilled to invite our Friends to Meet the New Dancers after two years.
Please join us and be introduced to the 20 very special dancers who have been invited to dance with the Company in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
A member of The Australian Ballet staff will host an informative Q&A with a dancer representing each year, including Belle Urwin, a former FAB Australian Ballet School Scholarship recipient, and Hugo Dumapit, whose mother is a long-term Friends member.
With Sydney Harbour as our backdrop, enjoy champagne and canapes in the iconic Sydney Opera House Northern Foyer, and celebrate our future dancers of The Australian Ballet.
Tickets for Meet the New Dancers are available 11am Thursday 24 March.
Due to catering requirements, please RSVP no later Monday 18 April. Don’t miss out!
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of sixteen to attend this event.
David Hallberg recently announced two new dancers would be joining The Australian Ballet in 2021, the first to join the Company under his direction.
Annabelle Watt and Lilla Harvey will officially graduate from The Australian Ballet School, after completing most of their graduating year virtually during 2020. According to Hallberg, both dancers have a solid approach to classical technique, with each of them demonstrating their own individuality in artistic expression. We cannot wait to see Annabelle and Lilla take to the stage in 2021!
Annabelle Watt, photograph Taylor-Ferne Morris, courtesy The Australian Ballet
Annabelle joined The Australian Ballet School in 2017 at Level 5, after receiving The Australian Ballet School’s scholarship offered at the Sydney Eisteddfod (Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Scholarship). She grew up in Brisbane and commenced dancing at the age of three. A performance highlight of Annabelle’s is when she competed in the 2016 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. Aside from ballet, Annabelle enjoys travelling, retail therapy and playing backyard cricket & touch football.
Lilla Harvey, photograph Taylor-Ferne Morris, courtesy The Australian Ballet
Lilla has been dancing ballet since she was 10-years-old, and moved from Perth to join The Australian Ballet School at Level 4 in 2016. Lilla loves the contemporary aspects of training, including the opportunity to choreograph her own pieces, and finds the process of working with various choreographers particularly rewarding. A highlight of Lilla’s time at The Australian Ballet School includes dancing the Golden Vine Fairy in the 2019 performance of ‘Aurora’s Wedding’ from The Sleeping Beauty. In her spare time, Lilla enjoys seeing live music, reading and going on camping trips.
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The Friends celebrated the beginning of the Sydney ballet season with our annual event Meet the New Dancers on 2 April at The Royal Automobile Club of Australia, to introduce the future stars of The Australian Ballet Company.
Together with Steven Heathcote, our Members were entertained and introduced to the new young dancers, including Sara Andrlon, Jocob de Groot, Thomas McClintock, Annaliese McDonald and Tyson Powell.
FAB Life Member Alan Jackson hosted the event and fellow FAB Councilors Jeremy Moller and Tanya Barrington presented a cheque of $3,500 to The Australian Ballet Pointe Shoe Fund.
We thank our long term sponsors Mr Rebbell Barnes, Showface Make-Up, and Bloch for their continued support at this event.