Meet Principal Artist

Leanne Stojmenov

Flawless The Australian

Introducing Leanne

Leanne was born and raised in Perth, where she began dancing at the age of three with Helen Mckay and Norma Atkinson. Her full-time training began in 1993 under the direction of Terri Charlesworth. Leanne Joined The Australian Ballet in 2001 after spending two years dancing with West Australian Ballet.
Her career highlights include working with Alexi Ratmansky on Cinderella and dancing the title role on opening night of The Australian Ballet's 2016 London tour; sharing the stage with her husband Marc Cassidy in the pricipal roles of Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote in 2007; and dancing Odette/Odile in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake alongside Kevin Jackson in 2016, her first role after returning to the stage from maternity leave. Leanne was promoted to principal artist in 2011.

REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Odette/Odile in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake 2016, 2012
  • Swanilda in Peggy van Praagh's Coppélia 2016, 2010
  • Cinderella in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella 2016, 2013
  • Odette in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake 2014, 2009
  • Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote 2013, 2007

  • Manon in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon 2014, 2008
  • Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort 2014, Bella Figura 2013, Forgotten Land and Stepping Stones 2005
  • Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929 2013, 2009
  • Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto 2011
  • Ballerina Doll in Petrouchka 2009

You may not know

Leanne has acrobatic skills.

Professional accolades

Awards

  • 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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