The Australian Ballet

Valerie Tereshchenko

Senior Artist

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Valerie Tereshchenko


Valerie Tereshchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She immigrated to Australia with her family when she was six years old and a year later took her first ballet class. Valerie's talent for movement was nurtured at a number of Melbourne-based dance schools, including West Point Ballet Academy, Ballet Theatre of Victoria, and the Australian International School of Coaching. Valerie later joined The Australian Ballet School. In 2008 she participated in a school exchange in North America and that same year performed with The Dancers Company tour for the second time. In 2009 she joined The Australian Ballet; she was promoted to coryphée in 2015, to soloist in 2017 and to senior artist in 2018.

Repertoire highlights

  • The Queen of Hearts in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©, 2019, 2017
  • Tertulla in Lucas Jervies' Spartacus, 2018
  • Giselle in The Australian Ballet's Regional Tour of Giselle, 2017
  • The Lilac Fairy in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty, 2017, 2015
  • Wayne McGregor's Infra, 2017
  • Viktor Gsovsky's Grand pas classique, 2016
  • William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, 2016
  • Russian Dancer in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake, 2016, 2012
  • Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, 2015
  • Stepmother in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella, 2016 - 2014

Professional accolades


  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, 2017
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, 2013

Guest appearances

  • Paquita and Swan Lake Act III, The Dancers Company tour 2015

Valarie Tereshchenko and Nathan Brook in Anna Karenina

You may not know

Valerie is a board member of Ballet Without Borders, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to bring ballet education and pathways to all children, regardless of socio-economic circumstance or geography.