Brett Simon was born in Adelaide and began his dance training with Sheila Laing. He completed his training at The Australian Ballet School in 2003 and joined WA Ballet upon graduating. In 2005 Brett was nominated for a Helpmann Award for his performance of Valmont in Simon Dow’s Dangerous Liaisons. In 2006 he appeared as a guest artist with Hong Kong Ballet and returned there full-time as senior soloist in 2007. While there, Brett danced works by Rudi van Dantzig, Ronald Hynd, William Forsythe, George Balanchine and then-Director John Meehan, as well as works by The Australian Ballet’s Resident Choreographers Stanton Welch and Stephen Baynes. Brett joined The Australian Ballet as a coryphée in 2009; he waspromoted to soloist in 2011.
Wayne McGregor’s Chroma 2014
Jirˇí Kylián’s Petite Mort and Bella Figura 2014, 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
Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain©, 2011
Stephen Baynes’ At the edge of night 2010
William Forsythe’s Steptext 2009
Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet 2007
Le Viscomte de Valmont in Simon Dow’s Dangerous Liaisons 2005
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Brett is studying a Bachelor of Business part time and he has two French bulldogs named Belle and D’Artagnan.
- Helpmann Award nomination for Best Male Dancer 2005
- Keith M Christensen Award for Excellence
- The Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship