Meet Soloist

Laura Tong

Introducing Laura

Laura grew up in a rural area of Northland, New Zealand, and has lived in Singapore and London. She started dancing at four when she began going along with her older sister to ballet and piano lessons. Laura studied with Maureen Ax, Philippa Campbell and Joye Lowe in New Zealand, then at the English National Ballet School from 1998 to 2000. Upon graduation Laura entered the English National Ballet before joining The Australian Ballet in 2004. Laura has danced a diverse repertoire since joining the company and particularly enjoys the challenge of roles that are both physically and artistically demanding. She has toured to Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Athens and Shanghai. Laura was promoted to soloist in 2009.

Gamzatti in Stanton Welch's La Bayadère 2015, 2014
Baroness von Rothbart in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake 2014
"Cigarette" variation in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc 2014, 2009
Lescaut's Mistress in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon 2014, 2008
Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort 2014
Stepmother and Venus in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella 2013
Streetdancer and Lead Bridesmaid in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote 2013
Suzuki and Kate in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly 2011
Stephen Baynes' Molto Vivace 2010
Nacho Duato's Por vos muero 2009

You may not know

Laura has three sisters: a scientist, a vet and an economist.

Professional accolades

Awards
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2009

In the media

A standout performer

Australian Stage