Meet Senior Artist

Sharni Spencer

Introducing Sharni

Sharni Spencer was born in Lismore NSW and grew up in Tamworth and Newcastle. She began dance classes when she was three years old and studied at Sally Kefts School of Dance and Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy before joining New Zealand School of Dance. Sharni joined The Australian Ballet at the beginning of 2008 and was promoted to coryphée in 2012. She was the recipient of the Khitercs Hirai Foundation Scholarship in 2012, and used it to spend three months rehearsing and performing Giselle with Dutch National Ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2017 and to senior artist in 2020.

repertoire highlights

  • The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Fairy in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker
  • Alice in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
  • Cinderella in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella 
  • Giselle in Giselle (Regional Tour) 
  • Valencienne in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow 
  • Peasant Pas de deux in Maina Gielgud's Giselle 
  • Alice Topp's Aurum
  • White Couple in Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land 
  • The Fairy of Generosity in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 

You may not know

Sharni has swum with manta rays in Hawaii.

Professional accolades


  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2013
  • Khitercs Hirai Foundation Scholarship 2012