Queensland Ballet Academy 2023 Performances

#Queensland Ballet Academy proudly presents a retrospective of our 2023 performances

From mesmerizing showcases to breathtaking galas, each production embodies the talent, dedication, and artistry of our esteemed student dancers.  Join us in honoring their talent, dedication, and commitment to the art of dance.

Rediscover the brilliance of Aspire '23, an inspiring display of determination and passion that pushed the boundaries of classical ballet and contemporary movement. Relive the elegance and charm of Soirée, an enchanting evening that combined stunning art with original neo-classical and contemporary choreography.

Look back at the Queensland Ballet Academy Gala, a prestigious event celebrating the extraordinary achievements of our 2023 cohort. And the End of Year Demonstration, the culmination of a year's worth of hard work and dedication where our rising stars shined brightly on stage.

Through captivating images and stories, we invite you to explore our 2023 Performance Archive and be transported into a world of beauty, grace, and boundless creativity.

#Aspire '23

17 – 20 May 2023
Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre

A shining season of emerging artistic talent.

The showcase event of Queensland Ballet Academy’s graduating cohort.

On the brink of their careers, these emerging young stars of the dance world performed a program of challenging and diverse choreographic works at the intimate Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre. The works included:

Penned choreographed by Paul Boyd

Swarmed choreographed by Grant Aris

The Poetic Tantrums choreographed by Amelia Waller

We are also presented beautiful short pieces by Pre-Professional Program dancers Taya Barnard, Samantha Grammer, Lily Paige, Corina Poh and Jorja Signitzer.

A showcase of their drive and creativity, this special season was a celebration of the flair and aptitude of the Pre-Professional Program dancers as they prepared to enter the profession of dance.

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Solo performance gallery

# Queensland Ballet Academy Gala

11 – 13 August 2023
Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre

The rising stars of dance.

Demonstrating technical finesse and exquisite artistry, the Queensland Ballet Academy Gala presented our professionally trained young dancers in this impressive and engaging program.

Audiences enjoyed classical ballet and dynamic neo-classical and contemporary works by internationally renowned choreographers.

Performed by dancers approaching the dawn of their bright careers, this exciting program was presented at Queensland Ballet’s heritage home, the Thomas Dixon Centre.

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19 – 21 October 2023
Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre

A unique exploration of dance, art and live music.

Soirée – a dazzling performance season presented in collaboration with Philip Bacon Galleries and internationally-acclaimed artist Michael Zavros.

Renowned for his work depicting objects of fashion, beauty, and grandeur in hyper-realism style, Zavros is a leading Australian artist with pieces held in numerous public and private collections, including The National Gallery of Australia and Queensland Art Gallery. Soirée blended his stunning art with original neo-classical and contemporary choreography by Paul Boyd and Natalie Weir, performed by Queensland Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Program dancers to live music onstage by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.

This standout season also included the Academy’s Grand Défilé, showcasing seven levels of our students onstage in a beautiful presentation, as well as selected choreographic works by the Pre-Professional Program dancers.

Presented at the Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre, this event was an extraordinary showcase of Australian art, Australian choreographers, and Australia’s emerging dance talent.

Being Beauteous gallery

House of Divine Decadence gallery

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#End of Year Demonstration

1 – 2 December 2023
Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre

#Celebrating our Level 1 Classical and Contemporary Course graduates

Showcasing a year of dancer development through professional training and live performance, the End of Year Demonstration placed our Level 1 graduates in the spotlight before they launched into the next phase towards a professional career.

Presenting all students of the Upper and Lower Schools (Level 6 to 1 Classical and Contemporary Courses), the program featured class work and repertoire excerpts.

Performed at the Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre, this Demonstration was designed to share elements of the professional training on offer at Queensland Ballet Academy, and celebrate the year that was.

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Academy performances

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Queensland Ballet is exceptionally proud of the achievements, both within the industry and in other pursuits, of our alumni.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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