Meet Principal Artist

Robyn Hendricks

Introducing Robyn

South African-born Robyn Hendricks began ballet classes aged eight after her grandfather observed her dancing on her toes all the time. Growing up in an academic family, Robyn was the first family member to pursue a creative passion. Training in the Cecchetti Syllabus, Robyn travelled to Melbourne in 2001 to participate in the annual Cecchetti International Competition. During the competition, she was approached by The Australian Ballet School and was asked to audition formally for entrance into the prestigious national school. During her time at The Australian Ballet School, Robyn was one of four students selected to participate in a student exchange to Canada, where she studied for four weeks with the National Ballet School in Toronto. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2005; she was promoted to soloist in 2011, to senior artist in 2016, and to principal artist the same year.

REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gamzatti in Stanton Welch's La Bayadère 2014
  • Wayne McGregor's Chroma 2014
  • Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort 2014, 2005
  • "Cigarette" solo in Serge Lifar’s Suite en blanc 2014
  • 2nd Ballerina in George Balanchine's Ballet Imperial 2014

  • Black Swan Pas de deux 2012
  • Principal Lady in Paquita 2014
  • Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain© 2011
  • Wayne McGregor's Dyad 1929 2009
  • Nacho Duato's Por vos muero 2009

You may not know

Robyn is interested in the horse-breeding industry and owns a horse with her husband Charles Thompson, a former member of The Australian Ballet. 

Professional accolades

Awards

  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2015, 2011, 2009, 2007

Guest appearances

  • Fall for Dance Festival 2014, 2012
  • The Dancers Company tour 2014, 2008

In the media

It’s Robyn Hendricks who steals the show … she is a rising star.

Sun Herald