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Joseph Phillips

Joseph Phillips is the holder of more gold medals than any other American dancer. He has been named “golden boy of ballet” by leading publications.

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He studied at the American Ballet School from 1999 to 2000. On graduating he completed an summer intensive program at the American Ballet Theatre in New York where he studied with M. Heiden in 2001. After that he entered the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied from 2001 to 2003 with G. Pandi.

From 2003 to 2006 he worked with Ballet San Fransisco; from 2006 to 2008 with Ballet Miami; from 2009 to 2013 with the American Ballet Theatre. Guest soloist of Carolina Ballet (Raleigh, North Carolina).

Joseph Phillips studied with: N. Danilov, S. Isaev, W. Conover, С. Маккалоу, D. Nobel, F. Smith, F. Cordell, K. Spizzo, E. Villella. He has studied contemporary dance with: M. Diamond, J Houlihan, S. Nils, T. Cassey, B. Daniels, D. Markem, S. Sullivan.

He has taken part in the following gala-concerts: Life Chance Gala (2003, Columbia, South Carolina); Gala-Concert for the 25th anniversary of the International USAIBC Ballet Competition (2004); Stars of Ballet Gala-Concert (2005, Mexico City, Mexico); Youth America Grand Prix Gala-Concert (2006, 2007, 2009, New York); Ballet San Francisco Gala-Concert,
Lincoln Centre, National Theatre (2006, New York); Gala di Danza, Dei Due Mondi Festival (2006, Spoleto, Italy); Concert for Fernando Bujones Bravo Bujones (2006, Orlando, Florida); Gala-concert for Melissa Hayden (2006, Winston-Salem, North Carolina); La Danza en la Republica Dominicana (2007, Santo-Domingo, Dominican Republic); Stars of World Ballet Gala-Concert (2007, Cincinnati, Ohio).

He was given the honour of lighting the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, 2006.

Since 2013 he has been a principal dancer of the State Primorsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

Since 2016 he has worked in the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky theatre.

Johanna Lee

/images/Jo.JPGJohanna attended the Australian Ballet School from 2004 to 2006 graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Dance and is currently a full-time dancer with Melbourne Ballet Company. Since 2012 Johanna has performed in many programs and works by Simon Hoy including Le Sacre du Printemps, Infinite Space, On Air, Lucidity, Archè, Motion Transcend, Divenire, Dark Before Daylight and also In One Day by Hoy and Robert Kelly. Johanna has toured extensively with the Company performing in many theatres throughout Australia. Johanna was a member of Sydney Dance Company (SDC) between 2007 and 2009, performing many roles including Connor Dowling’s duo Dreamt I was a Real Boy as part of the Sydney New Breed Spring Dance Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Rafael Bonachela’s We Unfold at the Helpmann Awards and Bonachela’s 360 as part of the Sydney Festival First Night (which also featured on the hit TV series So You Think You Can Dance) and Aszure Barton’s Sid’s Waltzing Masquerade. While at SDC Johanna toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and has also danced in Opera Australia’s Melbourne Autumn season of Eugene Onegin and Aida, choreographed by Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon.

Masha Peker

Born in Ukraine, Masha commenced her ballet training at the school of Shostakovich, after which time she relocated to the United States for three years before settling in Melbourne Australia. Whilst in Australia Masha studied full time at the Beverley Rowles School of Dance followed by the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, under the Direction of Christine Walsh. Masha’s experience includes a number of performing opportunities with the Melbourne Ballet Company on their Australia New Zealand tour, Tachkin’s St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Melbourne season of Swan Lake, Opera Australia, ACB’s Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Swan Lake, Paquita, Ritualism, Sleeping Beauty, and current performances with Melbourne Dance Theatre Giselle and Swan Lake.


Alexander Baden Bryce

/images/Alex.JPGAlexander trained at the Anne Fraser School of Dance on the Sunshine Coast Queensland for nine years, before being accepted into the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Studying classical ballet from a young age, Alexander completed the RAD Advanced 2 syllabus graduating Dux with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). In 2009 he was awarded a scholarship to Taipei International Dance Elite Academy in Taiwan. Alexander has worked with many internationally renowned choreographers including Harold Collins MBE, Paul White, Lisa Griffiths, Daniel Jaber, Shaaron Boughen, Csaba Buday and Paul Zivkovich, as well as Simon Hoy. Alex has been a proud member of the Melbourne Ballet Company since 2009.

Samuel Harnett-Welk

Samuel was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and rst began his classical training as a student of Christine Underdown, having rst been introduced to Ballet while he was still undergoing training as a nationally ranked gymnast. He then embarked upon an extensive period of training in dance, including valuable time with the Australian Ballet School and subsequently with the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Samuel has also had the good fortune to work with some highly talented choreographers, including Pompea Santoro, Kerry Nicholls, Jackie Barrett and Leila McMillan. His professional career began when Samuel joined Daniel Jaber and Dancers, and he has since featured in many works by Jaber during this part of his career. He has since had the opportunity to work alongside some of Australia’s best dancers and regards himself as privileged to have worked with such outstanding dancers as Leigh Warren, Cyril Baldy, Jo Stone, Paul Malek, Natalie Allen, Kialea- Nadine Williams and many others.

Gemma Pearce

/images/gemma.jpgBorn in Australia, Gemma Pearce attended the Ballet Theatre Australia and at the San Francisco Ballet School. During her carrier, Gemma worked for Queensland Ballet in 2007, where she took part in choreographies by François Klaus, Nils Christe, Gareth Belling and Yu Hui. In 2001 was semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne and in 2006 was finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix. In 2013 Gemma joined the Universal Ballet Company in South Korea and in 2014 become a member of Jörg Mannes ' ballet ensemble at the Staatsoper Hannover. In 2016 debuted with the Melbourne Ballet Company in the role of Juliet in the critically acclaimed program "Guernica".

Chloe Henderson

Chloe joined the Melbourne Ballet Company in 2016. Born in South Africa, she trained rst in South Africa before joining the Robin Kirkland School of Ballet in Sydney. Chloe then became a Junior Associate with the Australian Ballet School in 2001, which lead to her working with the Dancer’s Company tour of 2003 – performing in “ e Nutcracker” and “Gi of a Dream”. She has also trained with Terry Simpson Studios in Adelaide, danced with the Salzburg Ballet, and subsequently completed her Advanced Diploma at WAAPA under the direction of Kim McCarthy. During her time with WAAPA Chloe also danced with the West Australian Ballet in their seasons of Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. A er her graduation, Chloe continued with WAB, then worked with Lucette Alduers (Don Quixote), Marcia Haydee (Sleeping Beauty). Also Jiri Kilian- in Un Barlo and Uwe Scholz - Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Chloe has also freelanced with Ajkun Ballet eatre (NYC) and choreographers such as Adian Munn and Daniel Jaber.

Ballet Master

Adam Thurlow

/images/adam.jpgAdam is a principal guest artist with the Melbourne Ballet Company. Born in Melbourne and first trained with Lorraine Blackburn before entering the Australian Ballet School. Adam’s professional career began with the Australian Ballet under the direction of Ross Stretton where he performed many soloist and principal roles and was promoted to soloist after only two years. In 2002 Adam joined the English National Ballet as a soloist dancing many lead classical and contemporary roles. In 2003 Adam became the first Australian to join the Opera National de Paris where he worked with many of the world’s top choreographers. In August 2006 Adam returned to the Australian Ballet before leaving for a freelance career in 2008. Adam has had the great pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nureyev, Balanchine, Cranko, MacMillan, Killian, Bejart, Forsythe, Duato and Taylor, and, Hoy.


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