The Company

 

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Michael Pappalardo
Artistic Director

Michael began his classical training with Janice Heale School of Dance in Brisbane before studying with Queensland Dance School of Excellence and the New Zealand School of Dance. During his studies Michael further worked with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on a number of productions. After returning to Australia, Michael briefly worked with Queensland Ballet before turning his talents towards business ventures.

However Michael’s love of dance found him return to dance, training with Expressions Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre. Since then Michael has performed with various companies including Melbourne Ballet Company and Leigh Warren Dancers, as well as an extensive career as an independent artist.

Michael is the founding Artistic Director for Melbourne City Ballet choreographing many of the company's main works to date, including Carmen, A Midsummer Night's DreamCoppelia and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 
 
Brendan Bradshaw Principal Artist Brendan began dancing at the age of 6 in his local town of Wauchope. He has trained with The Australian Ballet School finishing with the Graeme Murphy Award for Excellence in Contemporary Dance. In 2004, Brendan joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) where he worked for ten years. Brendan left RNZB in 2014 returning to Australia to join Queensland Ballet for their Romeo & Juliet  before joining Melbourne City Ballet. Brendan is both a keen performing artist and creative choreographer, having created a number of works on the company including "Dracula". Brendan appears within a large number of the company's principal roles including "Coppelia", "Romeo & Juliet", "Carmen", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Madame Butterfly". Brendan currently serves as the company's Head of Creative Industries  and Principal Artist.

Brendan Bradshaw
Principal Artist

Brendan began dancing at the age of 6 in his local town of Wauchope. He has trained with The Australian Ballet School finishing with the Graeme Murphy Award for Excellence in Contemporary Dance. In 2004, Brendan joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) where he worked for ten years.

Brendan left RNZB in 2014 returning to Australia to join Queensland Ballet for their Romeo & Juliet  before joining Melbourne City Ballet.

Brendan is both a keen performing artist and creative choreographer, having created a number of works on the company including "Dracula".

Brendan appears within a large number of the company's principal roles including "Coppelia", "Romeo & Juliet", "Carmen", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Madame Butterfly". Brendan currently serves as the company's Head of Creative Industries  and Principal Artist.

Yuiko Masukawa Principal Artist Yuiko Masukawa began her training in her home town of Osaka, Japan. She has trained with Boston Ballet School, Canada's Goh Ballet School, Los Angeles Ballet Company and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Yuiko's career has seen her work with Tasmanian Ballet Company, Opera Australia and Nottle Theatre (Korea). Yuiko has also worked with Gary Stewart and featured as the face of Ausdance Victoria. Yuiko portrays a significant number of the company's principal roles including "Coppelia", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Romeo & Juliet", "Madame Butterfly" and "Carmen". Yuiko has a keen interest in choreography being the current Artistic Director for Melbourne City Youth Ballet and Principal Artist for Melbourne City Ballet.

Yuiko Masukawa
Principal Artist

Yuiko Masukawa began her training in her home town of Osaka, Japan. She has trained with Boston Ballet School, Canada's Goh Ballet School, Los Angeles Ballet Company and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Yuiko's career has seen her work with Tasmanian Ballet Company, Opera Australia and Nottle Theatre (Korea). Yuiko has also worked with Gary Stewart and featured as the face of Ausdance Victoria.

Yuiko portrays a significant number of the company's principal roles including "Coppelia", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Romeo & Juliet", "Madame Butterfly" and "Carmen".

Yuiko has a keen interest in choreography being the current Artistic Director for Melbourne City Youth Ballet and Principal Artist for Melbourne City Ballet.

Tynan Wood Solo Artist Tynan was born in Newcastle and trained with the New Zealand School of Dance until his graduation in December 2014.In 2013, Tynan represented NZSD at the Assemble'e Internationale hosted by Canada National Ballet School, taking top honours at the Alana Haines Australasian Ballet Awards and appeared as a guest artist at Auckland's Tempo Dance Festival.  Subsequently in 2014, Tynan was invited to join Sydney Dance Company for the Sydney season of Interplay. Following his graduation from NZSOD, Tynan joined Royal New Zealand Ballet for the seasons of Don Quixote and Salute in 2015. He was further invited to perform with RNZB on their international tour of the United Kingdom and Italy. Tynan joined Melbourne City Ballet in 2016 in the role of Company Artist and was promoted to Solo Artist at the commencement of 2017.

Tynan Wood
Solo Artist

Tynan was born in Newcastle and trained with the New Zealand School of Dance until his graduation in December 2014.In 2013, Tynan represented NZSD at the Assemble'e Internationale hosted by Canada National Ballet School, taking top honours at the Alana Haines Australasian Ballet Awards and appeared as a guest artist at Auckland's Tempo Dance Festival. 

Subsequently in 2014, Tynan was invited to join Sydney Dance Company for the Sydney season of Interplay. Following his graduation from NZSOD, Tynan joined Royal New Zealand Ballet for the seasons of Don Quixote and Salute in 2015. He was further invited to perform with RNZB on their international tour of the United Kingdom and Italy.

Tynan joined Melbourne City Ballet in 2016 in the role of Company Artist and was promoted to Solo Artist at the commencement of 2017.

 
Kealy Fouracre Company Artist Kealy grew up in Oak Park, Melbourne. She started dancing at the the age of 3 at Clifton Dance Studio until the age of 12 when she received a 6 year scholarship to the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School (VCASS).  Kealy then decided to move to Sydney to attend Tanya Pearsons Classical Coaching Academy for formal training. Kealy then embarked on a journey to Hungary to study with the Hungarian School of Dance for six months before returning to Australia to complete her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Kealy joined Melbourne City Ballet in December 2014 in the role of Junior Artist. The following year Kealy was promoted to Company Artist. Kealy has featured prominently in many of the company's works including "Carmen", "Coppelia" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Kealy Fouracre
Company Artist

Kealy grew up in Oak Park, Melbourne. She started dancing at the the age of 3 at Clifton Dance Studio until the age of 12 when she received a 6 year scholarship to the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School (VCASS).  Kealy then decided to move to Sydney to attend Tanya Pearsons Classical Coaching Academy for formal training.

Kealy then embarked on a journey to Hungary to study with the Hungarian School of Dance for six months before returning to Australia to complete her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Kealy joined Melbourne City Ballet in December 2014 in the role of Junior Artist. The following year Kealy was promoted to Company Artist.

Kealy has featured prominently in many of the company's works including "Carmen", "Coppelia" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Emma Cheeseman Company Artist Emma began dance at the age of five in Bendigo, Victoria training in all styles. At a young age, Emma was accepted into the Australian Ballet School where she commuted three days a week for several years.  At age sixteen, Emma moved to Melbourne to train full-time at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet where she gained her diploma in Classical Dance and Performing Arts. Emma then moved to Brisbane to pursue her training with the Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year.  While in Brisbane, Emma gained plenty of professional experience performing with Expressions Dance Company and in the cabaret group Candy Shop Show, while also teaching dance and gaining her cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management.  Emma originally joined Melbourne City Ballet in 2014 as an Intern before being promoted early in 2015 to Junior Artist. As of 2016, Emma was further promoted to Company Artist.

Emma Cheeseman
Company Artist

Emma began dance at the age of five in Bendigo, Victoria training in all styles. At a young age, Emma was accepted into the Australian Ballet School where she commuted three days a week for several years. 

At age sixteen, Emma moved to Melbourne to train full-time at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet where she gained her diploma in Classical Dance and Performing Arts. Emma then moved to Brisbane to pursue her training with the Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year. 

While in Brisbane, Emma gained plenty of professional experience performing with Expressions Dance Company and in the cabaret group Candy Shop Show, while also teaching dance and gaining her cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management. 

Emma originally joined Melbourne City Ballet in 2014 as an Intern before being promoted early in 2015 to Junior Artist. As of 2016, Emma was further promoted to Company Artist.

James Ferguson Jr Company Artist James started training at Mencia Pikieris School of Dance before attending the New World School of the Arts in Miami Florida at age 14. After graduation, James studied at the Conservatory of Music College while training briefly with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Chautauqua School of Dance Following completion of his full-time dance studies, James was fortunate enough to gain an internship with Cincinnati Ballet which saw him complete a diverse repertoire with the company for 2 years. James joined Melbourne City Ballet as Junior Artist in 2015 before being promoted to Company Artist in June 2016. James has appeared in many of the company's prominent roles including "Dracula", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo & Juliet".

James Ferguson Jr
Company Artist

James started training at Mencia Pikieris School of Dance before attending the New World School of the Arts in Miami Florida at age 14. After graduation, James studied at the Conservatory of Music College while training briefly with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Chautauqua School of Dance

Following completion of his full-time dance studies, James was fortunate enough to gain an internship with Cincinnati Ballet which saw him complete a diverse repertoire with the company for 2 years.

James joined Melbourne City Ballet as Junior Artist in 2015 before being promoted to Company Artist in June 2016.

James has appeared in many of the company's prominent roles including "Dracula", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo & Juliet".

Carolina Pais Company Artist Carolina was born in her native Brazil where she began dancing at a young age. During her forming years, Carolina performed at some of the most well known competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and was invited to perform in the Youth America Grand Prix. Carolina was soon noticed by The Australian Ballet School and The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), being offered a scholarship in 2010 for her remaining training years. In 2013, Carolina successfully received her Graduate Diploma in Classical Ballet and finished her year working within The Dancers Company. Following her graduation, Carolina moved back to her home Brazil to accept a contract with Sao Paulo Dance Company for 2014 - 2015. Carol originally joined Melbourne City Ballet as an Emerging Artist in 2015 before being promoted to Junior Artist as of 2016. 2016 was a very big year for Carolina who appeared in many soloist and principal roles including "Dracula", "Romeo & Juliet", "Madame Butterfly" and "Napoli". As of January 2017, Carolina was promoted to Company Artist with Melbourne City Ballet. Carol is sponsored by PW Dance & Sportswear & Freed

Carolina Pais
Company Artist

Carolina was born in her native Brazil where she began dancing at a young age. During her forming years, Carolina performed at some of the most well known competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and was invited to perform in the Youth America Grand Prix.

Carolina was soon noticed by The Australian Ballet School and The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), being offered a scholarship in 2010 for her remaining training years.

In 2013, Carolina successfully received her Graduate Diploma in Classical Ballet and finished her year working within The Dancers Company. Following her graduation, Carolina moved back to her home Brazil to accept a contract with Sao Paulo Dance Company for 2014 - 2015.

Carol originally joined Melbourne City Ballet as an Emerging Artist in 2015 before being promoted to Junior Artist as of 2016. 2016 was a very big year for Carolina who appeared in many soloist and principal roles including "Dracula", "Romeo & Juliet", "Madame Butterfly" and "Napoli".

As of January 2017, Carolina was promoted to Company Artist with Melbourne City Ballet.

Carol is sponsored by PW Dance & Sportswear & Freed

Isabella Gemmell-Morgan Company Artist Isabella Gemmell-Morgan started learning dance at 6 years of age at Steps Dance Centre in Rothwell, Queensland. At a young age Isabella was well versed in classical ballet, jazz and tap. Following her foundation training, Isabella travelled to Sydney to study full time classical dance with Alegria Ballet School before returning back to Brisbane to complete her formal studies with Prudence Bowen Atelier Australia. Isabella was fortunate enough to receive personal invitations to gain experience with Zurich Opernhaus, Hamburg Ballet and Dresden Seperoper. She has further trained with Expressions Dance Company and Nederlands Danse Theater 1. In 2013, Isabella was awarded the Commonwealth of Australia Dickson Youth Achievement Award for Arts and Dance. In 2014, Isabella originally joined Melbourne City Ballet as a Company Intern (Emerging Artist) for 'Carmen' before leaving the company to compete in the Genee. In 2015, Isabella returned to Melbourne City Ballet as an Emerging Artist before being promoted to Junior Artist in 2016. Following her success in roles within Don Quixote and ECHO, Isabella was promoted to Company Artist in July 2017.

Isabella Gemmell-Morgan
Company Artist

Isabella Gemmell-Morgan started learning dance at 6 years of age at Steps Dance Centre in Rothwell, Queensland. At a young age Isabella was well versed in classical ballet, jazz and tap.

Following her foundation training, Isabella travelled to Sydney to study full time classical dance with Alegria Ballet School before returning back to Brisbane to complete her formal studies with Prudence Bowen Atelier Australia.

Isabella was fortunate enough to receive personal invitations to gain experience with Zurich Opernhaus, Hamburg Ballet and Dresden Seperoper. She has further trained with Expressions Dance Company and Nederlands Danse Theater 1.

In 2013, Isabella was awarded the Commonwealth of Australia Dickson Youth Achievement Award for Arts and Dance.

In 2014, Isabella originally joined Melbourne City Ballet as a Company Intern (Emerging Artist) for 'Carmen' before leaving the company to compete in the Genee. In 2015, Isabella returned to Melbourne City Ballet as an Emerging Artist before being promoted to Junior Artist in 2016.

Following her success in roles within Don Quixote and ECHO, Isabella was promoted to Company Artist in July 2017.

Charlotte Price Company Artist Charlotte starting dancing at 3 years of age before joining Charlesworth Ballet Institute, Perth for her part time and full time classical ballet training. In her youth, Charlotte was a finalist in both the 2012 Western Australian Youth Awards and 2012 McDonald’s Sydney Eistedford. Charlotte then crossed the ocean to train in Amsterdam for a year at the National Ballet Academie, Amsterdam School of the Arts.  Following her return from the Netherlands, Charlotte appeared in a number opt guest roles before joining Melbourne City Ballet as part of the Finishing Year Program then as Company Intern (Emerging Artist). In 2015, Charlotte appeared within the titled role in the second cast of "Carmen". Charlotte's hard work paid off at the commencement of 2016 when she was promoted to Junior Artist. Charlotte was promoted to Company Artist in July 2017 following her successful work in Don Quixote and ECHO.

Charlotte Price
Company Artist

Charlotte starting dancing at 3 years of age before joining Charlesworth Ballet Institute, Perth for her part time and full time classical ballet training.

In her youth, Charlotte was a finalist in both the 2012 Western Australian Youth Awards and 2012 McDonald’s Sydney Eistedford.

Charlotte then crossed the ocean to train in Amsterdam for a year at the National Ballet Academie, Amsterdam School of the Arts. 

Following her return from the Netherlands, Charlotte appeared in a number opt guest roles before joining Melbourne City Ballet as part of the Finishing Year Program then as Company Intern (Emerging Artist).

In 2015, Charlotte appeared within the titled role in the second cast of "Carmen". Charlotte's hard work paid off at the commencement of 2016 when she was promoted to Junior Artist.

Charlotte was promoted to Company Artist in July 2017 following her successful work in Don Quixote and ECHO.

Andrew Radak Company Artist Andrew began his love of dance at a young age, commencing musical theatre studies at age 8.  By aged 12 his passion for ballet started to blossom and after years of classical training, he began commenced his full time training with the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne at age 17. Following completion of his full time training, Andrew joined Queensland Ballet's Pre-Professional Program in 2013 where he was selected on a number of occasions to take part in company productions. Andrew joined West Australian Ballet in 2014 as a Young Artist Scholarship and remained with the company until May 2017, featuring in a diverse range of works and roles. Andrew joins Melbourne City Ballet in July 2017 as a Company Artist.  

Andrew Radak
Company Artist

Andrew began his love of dance at a young age, commencing musical theatre studies at age 8. 

By aged 12 his passion for ballet started to blossom and after years of classical training, he began commenced his full time training with the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne at age 17.

Following completion of his full time training, Andrew joined Queensland Ballet's Pre-Professional Program in 2013 where he was selected on a number of occasions to take part in company productions.

Andrew joined West Australian Ballet in 2014 as a Young Artist Scholarship and remained with the company until May 2017, featuring in a diverse range of works and roles.

Andrew joins Melbourne City Ballet in July 2017 as a Company Artist.

 

Ariana Hond Company Artist Ariana is a New Zealand born dancer who began her training at a young age with Mt Eden Ballet Academy in Auckland. Her love of dance saw her supplement her training at New Zealand School of Dance in their Classical Ballet Associate Program from 2010-2012.. Ever the promising dancer, Ariana has placed in a number of well known international competitions including Alana Haines (Winner 2009 & Finalist 2011),  Genee International Ballet Competition (Silver & Audience Award 2012) and Youth American Grand Prix (Finalist 2012). In 2013, Ariana moved to Brisbane to join Queensland Ballet as a scholarship recipient in their Pre-Professional program for 2013 & 2014. She performed with the company in many productions, such as Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo & Juliet' and Ben Stevenson's 'The Nutcracker' & 'Cinderella'. Ariana initially joined Melbourne City Ballet in the role of Emerging Artist in 2015 before being promoted to Junior Artist in 2016. Ariana was promoted to Company Artist in July 2017 following her successful work in Don Quixote and ECHO.

Ariana Hond
Company Artist

Ariana is a New Zealand born dancer who began her training at a young age with Mt Eden Ballet Academy in Auckland. Her love of dance saw her supplement her training at New Zealand School of Dance in their Classical Ballet Associate Program from 2010-2012..

Ever the promising dancer, Ariana has placed in a number of well known international competitions including Alana Haines (Winner 2009 & Finalist 2011),  Genee International Ballet Competition (Silver & Audience Award 2012) and Youth American Grand Prix (Finalist 2012).

In 2013, Ariana moved to Brisbane to join Queensland Ballet as a scholarship recipient in their Pre-Professional program for 2013 & 2014. She performed with the company in many productions, such as Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo & Juliet' and Ben Stevenson's 'The Nutcracker' & 'Cinderella'.

Ariana initially joined Melbourne City Ballet in the role of Emerging Artist in 2015 before being promoted to Junior Artist in 2016. Ariana was promoted to Company Artist in July 2017 following her successful work in Don Quixote and ECHO.

Audra Tory Junior Artist Audra fell in love with classical dance at a young age in her hometown of Sydney, commencing her full time training with the prestigious McDonald College of Performing Arts. During this time Audra performed as a local extra for productions with The Australian Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Audra was also a member of the youth ballet company, Premier State Ballet. Following completion of her secondary education, Audra travelled to the USA to train with Ajkun Ballet Theatre before joining Atlantic City Ballet as an Apprentice. Upon returning home, Audra worked with Sydney Ballet Theatre before moving to Melbourne. At this time she joined Melbourne City Ballet as part of our Finishing Year (Pre-Professional) Program before being offered an internship with the company. Audra has appeared in most of the company's productions since joining, including appearing as Rosalind in "Romeo & Juliet". Audra was promoted to Junior Artist from the commencement of 2017.

Audra Tory
Junior Artist

Audra fell in love with classical dance at a young age in her hometown of Sydney, commencing her full time training with the prestigious McDonald College of Performing Arts. During this time Audra performed as a local extra for productions with The Australian Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Audra was also a member of the youth ballet company, Premier State Ballet.

Following completion of her secondary education, Audra travelled to the USA to train with Ajkun Ballet Theatre before joining Atlantic City Ballet as an Apprentice. Upon returning home, Audra worked with Sydney Ballet Theatre before moving to Melbourne. At this time she joined Melbourne City Ballet as part of our Finishing Year (Pre-Professional) Program before being offered an internship with the company.

Audra has appeared in most of the company's productions since joining, including appearing as Rosalind in "Romeo & Juliet". Audra was promoted to Junior Artist from the commencement of 2017.

Henry Driver Junior Artist Henry began his full time training in Melbourne with the Australian Ballet School in 2011 before returning home to his family in Brisbane. In 2013 Henry began training with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) under the guidance of Angus Lugston.  In 2015, Henry relocated to Sydney to begin pre-professional training with Tanya Pearsons Coaching Academy under the direction of Lucinda Dunn OAM. During his training with Tanya Pearsons Coaching Academy, Henry joined Melbourne City Ballet to assist in our production of Dracula in 2016. Following his seasonal contract, Henry was offered a Junior Artist position with Melbourne City Ballet commencing in 2017.

Henry Driver
Junior Artist

Henry began his full time training in Melbourne with the Australian Ballet School in 2011 before returning home to his family in Brisbane. In 2013 Henry began training with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) under the guidance of Angus Lugston. 

In 2015, Henry relocated to Sydney to begin pre-professional training with Tanya Pearsons Coaching Academy under the direction of Lucinda Dunn OAM.

During his training with Tanya Pearsons Coaching Academy, Henry joined Melbourne City Ballet to assist in our production of Dracula in 2016.

Following his seasonal contract, Henry was offered a Junior Artist position with Melbourne City Ballet commencing in 2017.

Alexia Cannizzaro Junior Artist Alexia’s love of dancing began at the age of 5, when she began taking ballet lessons at Anita Coutts School of Dance, Ballarat. Following 10 years of classical training in her hometown Ballarat, Alexia was accepted into The Australian Ballet School where she trained from 2011 until 2013. Late 2013, Alexia moved to Sydney to begin training with Studio Tibor where she joined the pre-professional full time training program for the next 18 months. During this time Alexia was accepted and performed at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City (2014).  After returning to Melbourne in 2015, Alexia joined Melbourne City Ballet’s pre-professional bridging program “Finishing Year” before relocating to Kentucky (USA) to join Louisville Ballet for a two year scholarship with the company as part of their Trainee Program. Alexia returned home to Melbourne City Ballet in 2017, commencing in the role of Junior Artist with the company during our national tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2017.

Alexia Cannizzaro
Junior Artist

Alexia’s love of dancing began at the age of 5, when she began taking ballet lessons at Anita Coutts School of Dance, Ballarat. Following 10 years of classical training in her hometown Ballarat, Alexia was accepted into The Australian Ballet School where she trained from 2011 until 2013.

Late 2013, Alexia moved to Sydney to begin training with Studio Tibor where she joined the pre-professional full time training program for the next 18 months. During this time Alexia was accepted and performed at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City (2014). 

After returning to Melbourne in 2015, Alexia joined Melbourne City Ballet’s pre-professional bridging program “Finishing Year” before relocating to Kentucky (USA) to join Louisville Ballet for a two year scholarship with the company as part of their Trainee Program.

Alexia returned home to Melbourne City Ballet in 2017, commencing in the role of Junior Artist with the company during our national tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2017.

Heather MacLachlan Emerging Artist Heather MacLachlan began dancing at only 3 years of age at The Conservatoire, WA. At age 16, Heather transitioned into full time classical training at The Conservatoire where she completed her pre-professional training. Heather notes that during this time performing with The Australian Ballet in Graeme Murphy's "Swan Lake" as one of her favourite achievements.In 2015 towards the end of her training, Heather was awarded her RAD Solo Seal. In 2016, Heather was successful obtaining a Young Artist contract with West Australian Ballet, where she enjoyed a very challenging year working with the company. After a busy year with West Australian Ballet, Heather travels across the continent in 2017 to join Melbourne City Ballet as an Emerging Artist.

Heather MacLachlan
Emerging Artist

Heather MacLachlan began dancing at only 3 years of age at The Conservatoire, WA. At age 16, Heather transitioned into full time classical training at The Conservatoire where she completed her pre-professional training.

Heather notes that during this time performing with The Australian Ballet in Graeme Murphy's "Swan Lake" as one of her favourite achievements.In 2015 towards the end of her training, Heather was awarded her RAD Solo Seal.

In 2016, Heather was successful obtaining a Young Artist contract with West Australian Ballet, where she enjoyed a very challenging year working with the company.

After a busy year with West Australian Ballet, Heather travels across the continent in 2017 to join Melbourne City Ballet as an Emerging Artist.

Sophia Maher Emerging Artist Sophia grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. At age 4 she began training at the Philippa Campbell School of Ballet, where her love of dance began. At age 16 she was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) and moved to Wellington to study full time classical training. She graduated in 2015 with her Certificate in Dance Performance. At NZSD she enjoyed working with many world renowned tutors and performing in the annual Graduation Season. Sophia spent her final year of training with Melbourne City Ballet as a Finishing Year (pre-professional) artist. During this year Sophia was fortunate enough to perform with the company in many of their seasons. Highlights included dancing the role of Sugarplum Fairy in the annual performance of the Nutcracker. Sophia is excited to be joining Melbourne City Ballet in 2017 as a Emerging Artist.

Sophia Maher
Emerging Artist

Sophia grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. At age 4 she began training at the Philippa Campbell School of Ballet, where her love of dance began. At age 16 she was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) and moved to Wellington to study full time classical training. She graduated in 2015 with her Certificate in Dance Performance.

At NZSD she enjoyed working with many world renowned tutors and performing in the annual Graduation Season. Sophia spent her final year of training with Melbourne City Ballet as a Finishing Year (pre-professional) artist.

During this year Sophia was fortunate enough to perform with the company in many of their seasons. Highlights included dancing the role of Sugarplum Fairy in the annual performance of the Nutcracker.

Sophia is excited to be joining Melbourne City Ballet in 2017 as a Emerging Artist.

Olivia Johnstone Emerging Artist Olivia Johnstone started her dance training at the age of 8 on the Gold Coast at Danielle's Studio of Dance. In 2013 was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) where she graduated with her certificate in dance performance level 6 in 2015.  Following her graduation, Olivia returned to Australia and relocated to Melbourne to join Melbourne City Ballet's Finishing Year Program.   Her repetoire includes George Balanchines concerto Barocco , Paquita, Napoli, Dracula, Madame Butterfly, Tink and Kenneth Macmillan's "Concerto". Olivia toured extensively with Melbourne City Ballet during the company's national  tour of "Romeo & Juliet". Olivia was successful obtaining an Emerging Artist agreement with the company for 2017.

Olivia Johnstone
Emerging Artist

Olivia Johnstone started her dance training at the age of 8 on the Gold Coast at Danielle's Studio of Dance. In 2013 was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) where she graduated with her certificate in dance performance level 6 in 2015. 

Following her graduation, Olivia returned to Australia and relocated to Melbourne to join Melbourne City Ballet's Finishing Year Program.  

Her repetoire includes George Balanchines concerto Barocco , Paquita, Napoli, Dracula, Madame Butterfly, Tink and Kenneth Macmillan's "Concerto".

Olivia toured extensively with Melbourne City Ballet during the company's national  tour of "Romeo & Juliet". Olivia was successful obtaining an Emerging Artist agreement with the company for 2017.

Danielle Whitfort Emerging Artist Danielle began dancing at the age of 3, in her local town of Seymour. In 2013, Danielle completed her first year of full time ballet at The Jane Moore Academy of Ballet in Victoria.  In 2014 she was accepted by audition into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, where she spent two years training and studying her final years of school completing her VCE in 2015. Danielle completed her Advanced 2 Cecchetti exam in 2015, receiving 100%.  Danielle has just completed a pre-professional training year alongside the Melbourne City Ballet Company (MCB finishing year) in 2016 and has now been promoted to Emerging Artist with Melbourne City Ballet Company for 2017.  

Danielle Whitfort
Emerging Artist

Danielle began dancing at the age of 3, in her local town of Seymour. In 2013, Danielle completed her first year of full time ballet at The Jane Moore Academy of Ballet in Victoria. 

In 2014 she was accepted by audition into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, where she spent two years training and studying her final years of school completing her VCE in 2015. Danielle completed her Advanced 2 Cecchetti exam in 2015, receiving 100%. 

Danielle has just completed a pre-professional training year alongside the Melbourne City Ballet Company (MCB finishing year) in 2016 and has now been promoted to Emerging Artist with Melbourne City Ballet Company for 2017.