Dr. Sue Mayes AM
Dr. Sue Mayes studied fulltime ballet at The National Theatre, under the directorship of Gaylene Stock AM and a Diploma of Dance at the Centre for Performing Arts, Adelaide. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 1990 and Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1996 at La Trobe University. Sue has been the Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997 and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at La Trobe University. She directs our world-renowned Artistic Health Team and manages the diverse injuries of the professional ballet dancer. She has published papers from her PhD, titled: ‘Hip joint health in professional ballet dancers’, and co-authored ballet injury related publications. In collaboration with Prof Jill Cook, she is leading a research program that is investigating joint health and wellbeing in ballet dancers as part of the research partnership between The Australian Ballet and La Trobe University. Sue has presented at conferences around the world, including the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conferences and the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport in Monaco, and lectures regularly throughout Australia and Europe. She provided physiotherapy for Sylvie Guillem's tours throughout Japan with Tokyo Ballet (2000-2015), and for the ‘New Universe of Manuel Legris’ program in Tokyo (2010). She received a La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. Sue has also consulted for AFL, Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Victorian Institute of Sport, NBL and professional sports teams overseas. Sue was made a Member of the Order in 2020.
Megan’s unique dual role, as Ballet Mistress and Rehabilitation Specialist, forms part of the artistic teaching team as well as the artistic health team. In the rehabilitation setting she links a dancer’s strength and conditioning training with company class, methodically supporting the rebuilding and refining of a dancer’s technique following injury. She also provides daily class, individual coaching sessions on technical development and rehearses repertoire.
Megan received her training both in Australia and abroad. She performed with Victorian Opera and Opera Australia before joining The Australian Ballet in 1991, performing in many works such as The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle and Symphony in C. She later followed her passion for teaching and took up the position of Principal Teacher at the Christine Walsh Dance Centre. In 1999 she was Ballet Mistress on the Year 2000 project for the Sansouci Music Festival, Berlin.
Megan returned to The Australian Ballet in 2001 as Assistant to Artistic Director and in 2004 added ballet rehabilitation coaching to her roles. In 2009 she was appointed Ballet Mistress and Rehabilitation Specialist and in 2010 also joined the teaching faculty of The Australian Ballet School. During this time Megan studied anatomy and physiology, completed Level 2 Clinical Pilates instructor training and co-authored Bodywise: Discover a new connection with your ballet for ABC books.
In 2011 Megan completed a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Dance Instruction. In 2014 she received a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to investigate the training and development of dancers in major international ballet companies and their feeder schools in the USA and Europe.
Megan has presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine Science regional conference in Melbourne, and for The Australian Ballet’s Hip Workshop. She is a regular guest teacher for other companies and schools and has also appeared as guest artist in The Australian Ballet’s productions.
- Director of artistic health
- Rehabilitation physiotherapist
- Lead myotherapist
- Myotherapists/Massage therapists
- Strength and conditioning coach
- Sports and exercise physician
- General practitioner
- Rehabilitation facilitator
- Welfare and development coordinator
- Artistic health administrator
- Sports and clinical psychologists
Having strength in our muscles, joints and tendons gives our bodies the ability and confidence to perform all sorts of challenging movement without fear or risk of injuryValerie Tereshchenko