Joanne Michel Dip ABS, VGCEBI*
Joanne Michel began her ballet training at the age of four with Katerina Druzins followed by the Bryan Lawrence School of Ballet and The Australian Ballet School. Ms Michel was offered a place with The Australian Ballet Company in 1977.
Ms Michel was promoted to Soloist in 1980 and was chosen to dance her first principal role as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake opposite Alexander Godunov. In the same year she was awarded the Pavlova Prize by Serge Lifar during his trip to Australia to produce Suite en Blanc for The Australian Ballet. Having been promoted to the rank of Principal Artist, she danced the lead roles in Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppélia, La Fille Mal Gardée and many 20th century contemporary and classical works. Ms Michel has worked with choreographers and producers such as Glen Tetley, Alicia Markova, Irena Baronova, Choo San Goh, Erik Bruhn, Graeme Murphy, Jiři Kylián, Serge Lifar, Claire Motte and many others.
Ms Michel travelled overseas in 1986 to work with the Nederlands Dans Theater under choreographer/director Jiři Kylián. Returning to Australia, she performed in a special Gala performance of The Nutcracker in honour of Dame Margaret Scott and in choreographer Robert Ray’s Melbourne Dance Theatre projects. Ms Michel joined the staff of The Australian Ballet School in 2003.