Meet Coryphée

Amanda McGuigan

Introducing Amanda

Amanda studied at the McDonald College and Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy, Sydney. She was also a junior associate of The Australian Ballet School. At the age of 15 she moved to London to study at The Royal Ballet School, graduating in two years. While at the School, she toured to Dubai, Spain, Japan and New York and performed in productions with The Royal Ballet. After graduating she joined Ballet du Rhin in France. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York, where she joined American Ballet Theatre (2007–2010) followed by the Dutch National Ballet (2010 – 2013). With these two companies she danced in ballets by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Hans Van Manen, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Benjamin Millepied and Sidi Larbi, as well as the major classical ballets. Amanda toured extensively with American Ballet Theatre and the Dutch National Ballet to London, Paris, Madrid, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Taipei, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Columbia and numerous cities around the United States.

Amanda joined The Australian Ballet in 2014 and was promoted to Coryphée in 2015.

repertoire highlights

  • William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated 2016
  • Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room 2015
  • Fairy of Joy in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2015
  • Stepmother in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella 2015   
  • Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II and Symphonic Variations 2015
  • Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle 2015
  • Princess Royal in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake 2015 

You may not know

As a student, Amanda was an extra in The Australian Ballet’s premiere of Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake.

Professional accolades

Awards

  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2015