Meet Soloist

Brett Simon

Introducing Brett

Born in Adelaide, Brett began dancing at an early age at the Sheila Laing Dance Centre and completed his training at The Australian Ballet School in 2003. His professional career began at West Australian Ballet, where he received a nomination for Best Male Dancer at the 2005 Helpmann Awards for his performance as Valmont in Simon Dow’s Dangerous Liaisons. In 2006 Brett appeared as a guest artist with Hong Kong Ballet; he returned to the company in 2007 as a soloist. During his time there, Brett danced principal roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Coppélia as well as Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet. Brett joined The Australian Ballet in 2009 and was promoted to soloist in 2011.

repertoire highlights

  • Diaghilev and Petruschka in John Neumeier’s Nijinsky 2016
  • Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV©: Danse à grande vitesse (2016) and After the Rain© (2011)
  • Third Principal in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements 2015
  • Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room 2015
  • Wayne McGregor’s Chroma 2014
  • Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort (2014) and Bella Figura (2013)
  • Lescaut and The Gaoler in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon 2014
  • Glen Tetley’s Gemini 2012
  • Count Danilo in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow 2011, 2007
  • Stephen Baynes’ At the edge of night 2010

You may not know

Brett completed a Bachelor of Business through online study while dancing full-time.

Professional accolades

 Awards

  • Helpmann Award nomination for Best Male Dancer 2005
  • Keith M Christensen Award for Excellence
  • The Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship