Meet Principal Artist

Andrew Killian

Introducing Andrew

Melbourne-born Andrew Killian, a student of The Australian Ballet School, joined The Australian Ballet in 2000 and was promoted to principal artist in 2011. During his time with The Australian Ballet Andrew has thoroughly enjoyed performing leading roles in the company’s extensive classical repertoire including Lescaut in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, the Prince in Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake and the Cavalier in George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial. Andrew has also been involved in the creation of many new works including Stephen Baynes’ Constant Variants and Tim Harbour’s Wa, and has performed in most of The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque seasons. He enjoys working closely with choreographers and offers a unique versatility that places him in high demand. Andrew has toured with The Australian Ballet to Auckland, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris.

An acting tour de force



  • Prince Siegfried in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake 2014, 2015
  • Wayne McGregor’s Chroma and Dyad 1929 2014, 2013
  • Lescaut in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon 2014, 2008
  • Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Bella Figura 2014, 2013
  • Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain© 2011, 2007 


  • The Prince in Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker 2010
  • Jerome Robbins’ A Suite of Dances and The Cage 2008
  • Stephen Page’s Rites 2008
  • Jiří Kylián’s Stepping Stones and Forgotten Land 2005 

You may not know

Andrew is still struggling to learn how to cook and cried like a baby at his best friend’s wedding.

Professional accolades

  • Green Room Award "Year’s Work" nomination 2012
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2009, 2006
Guest Appearances
  • Fool’s Paradise with Morphoses 2009
  • The Nutcracker with Houston Ballet 2007

In the media

Fluidity, strength and impeccable line

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