The Australian Ballet

Amber Scott

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Amber Scott

Amber Scott joined The Australian Ballet School at age eleven. After graduating as dux, she joined The Australian Ballet in 2001. In 2003 she spent four months on a dancer exchange at the Royal Danish Ballet, giving her the opportunity to learn the Bournonville technique firsthand. Amber was promoted to principal artist in 2011 after performing the Second Movement from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. Her career highlights include dancing Odette with Adam Bull in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake in Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, Manchester, New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, London and Manchester, and partnering with guest artists David Hallberg, Robert Tewsley and Damian Smith.

Amber retired in 2023 after 22 years with The Australian Ballet.

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“Amber Scott undeniably possesses a special quality on stage – her dancing is marked by both elegance and a rare grace”

Dance Aus­tralia

Repertoire highlights

  • Swanilda in George Ogilvie and Peggy van Praagh’s Coppélia (with David Hallberg of American Ballet Theater)
  • Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty
  • Giselle in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle
  • Nikiya in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère
  • The Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker
  • Odette/Odile in Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake
  • Odette in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
  • Manon in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
  • Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin
  • Hanna in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow
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Professional accolades


  • Helpmann Award nomination for Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake, 2013
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award and Telstra People's Choice Award, 2004
  • First Place Junior Asian Pacific Competition, Tokyo, 1999
  • Adeline Genée Awards, bronze medal, 1998

Guest appearances

  • Stephen Baynes' Unspoken Dialogues in David Hallberg's Legacy Gala, New York City, 2015
  • Odette/Odile in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake with the Shanghai Ballet, 2014
  • National Ballet of China International Gala, 2013
  • Odette/Odile in Russell Kerr's Swan Lake with Royal New Zealand Ballet, 2013
  • Fall for Dance Festival, New York City (Glen Tetley's Gemini), 2011
  • The Stuttgart Ballet's 50th Anniversary Gala (Molto Vivace Pas de deux), 2011
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“Alluring calmness and superb artistry” — Fjord Review

You may not know

In 2020, Amber reached her 20th year with the company, while also studying The Australian Ballet School’s Teaching Course. She has a daughter called Bonnie and one day hopes to walk the Camino.