In 2018, we welcome five new dancers to our company, all trained at The Australian Ballet School: Matthew Bradwell, Daniel Bryne, Serena Graham, Emma Koppelman and Joseph Romancewicz. We are also pleased that Katherine Sonnekus, who danced with us in several productions last year, will be joining us permanently.
This week, our new recruits posed for their formal portraits, and we were there to capture a few behind-the-scenes shots.
Please join us in welcoming these up-and-coming dancers to our stage.
Matt was born in Singapore and grew up there and in Melbourne. Like many male dancers, he was inspired to start ballet after watching his sister taking classes. He trained at Victorian College of the Arts and The Australian Ballet School. This will be his first year with the The Australian Ballet, but he's already appeared with the company in 2016, as an extra in John Neumeier's Nijinsky and Stanton Welch's Romeo and Juliet.
Matt's inspiration? Julie Andrews. "She's my favourite performer ... her amazing talent is matched with great humility, a quality I find admirable."Photography Lynette Wills
Joseph grew up in Woollongong and, like Matthew, was inspired to take up dance through watching his sister's classes - "it looked like fun". He trained at the Joanne Grace School of Dance and at The Australian Ballet School. In 2016 he was awarded the Friends of The Australian Ballet School Scholarship, and in 2017 he danced Hilarion in The Australian Ballet's regional tour of Giselle.Photography Kate Longley
Serena was born on Sydney's north shore, but lived in Switzerland between the ages of three and ten. She trained at The Australian Ballet School. Serena loves sailing, snowboarding, soccer, teaching her kelpie Murphy tricks and playing the ukelele ("despite only knowing four chords").Photography Lynette Wills
Emma's family moved to Europe when she was eight, and she lived in London and the Netherlands for the next five years. She trained at The Australian Ballet School, and while at the School became one of Bloch's dancewear ambassadors. She loves travelling and exploring new places. A highlight of her journeys? "Visiting the pyramids in Egypt!"Photography Lynette Wills
Daniel grew up in Newcastle and trained at the Central School of Dance, Newcastle Ballet Theatre and The Australian Ballet School. He got into dance through a group at his primary school - "I joined as a bit of fun" - before being taken to his first ballet class. Like Matthew, he has appeared with the company before officially joining it: he danced in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty in 2015 in both Melbourne and Perth, as one of Carabosse's rats. He is inspired by Sergei Polunin and Mikhail Baryshnikov.Photography Lynette Wills
Katherine studied at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, which is directed by Lucinda Dunn, one of The Australian Ballet's most revered ballerinas; she is also a graduate of American Ballet Theatre's Jaqueline Onassis School. Katherine danced in a number of The Australian Ballet's productions in 2017: Symphony in C, The Sleeping Beauty, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland©, the regional tour of Giselle and Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty.Photography Lynette Wills