Meet Principal Artist

Leanne Stojmenov

Flawless The Australian

Introducing Leanne

Leanne was born and raised in Perth where she began her initial ballet training with Helen McKay. Her full-time training began at the Graduate College in 1993 under the school’s director, Terri Charlesworth, and in 1999 she joined West Australian Ballet. In 2001 Leanne left Perth to take up a position with The Australian Ballet. Receiving the New South Wales Friends of The Australian Ballet scholarship in 2004 enabled her to study throughout Europe. Leanne has a high regard for artists who can adapt to all kinds of roles and repertoire. She was promoted to principal artist in 2011.


  • Nikiya in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère 2014
  • Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort 2014, Bella Figura 2013, Forgotten Land and Stepping Stones 2005
  • Cinderella in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella 2013
  • Odette/Odile in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake 2012
  • Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto 2011

  • Swanilda in Peggy van Praagh's Coppélia 2010
  • Odette in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake 2014, 2009
  • Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929 2013, 2009
  • Ballerina Doll in Petrouchka 2009
  • Manon in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon 2014, 2008

You may not know

"Although for now my passion is in the arts, in the future I would love to open a small business."

Professional accolades


  • Australian Dance Award for outstanding performance by a female dancer in Cinderella 2014
  • Green Room Award nomination for Cinderella 2013
  • Green Room Award "Year’s Work" nomination 2009
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2009, 2007, 2005
  • Friends of the Ballet NSW Scholarship 2004  

Guest Appearances

  • Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet 2014
  • Miami International Dance Festival 2010
  • Morphoses 2009
  • Royal Swedish Ballet 2008

In the media

Leanne Stojmenov stood out for the expansive, fluid use of her upper body and arms that allowed her to fill the stage to an extent that belied her petite stature

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