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Lisa Pavane

Dip ABS, VGCEBI, Grad Cert Professional Ed. & Training*+

Born in Newcastle, NSW, a student of Tessa Maunder, Lisa joined The Australian Ballet School in 1978 and The Australian Ballet in 1981. In 1983 she was promoted to the rank of Soloist dancing roles in Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Tales of Hoffmann, La Fille Mal Gardee, Suite en Blanc, The Sleeping Beauty and Etudes. In 1986 Lisa was promoted to Principal Artist adding to her repertoire the roles of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Checkmate, The Taming of the Shrew, Onegin, The Merry Widow, The Three Muskateers, La Bayadere, Giselle and in The Australian Ballet's premiere season of Manon. Lisa appeared as a guest artist with Boston Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, at the Sixth and Seventh WorId Ballet Festivals in Japan and in Budapest with the Munich Staats Oper Ballet.

In 1994 Lisa joined English National Ballet as a Senior Principal Ballerina dancing all the company’s repertoire including Nureyev's production of Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine's Square Dance and Who Cares?, Christopher Dean’s Encounters and created the role of Queen of Hearts in Derek Deane's Alice in Wonderland and in Michael Corder's Lawrence Olivier award winning production of Cinderella. She danced the dual role of Odette/Odile, in Deane's Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall before touring to Australia with English National Ballet in 1999 dancing Odette/Odile in the arena production, performing in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and finally Scotland and England.

Following her retirement, Lisa undertook an extensive secretarial course and combined the position of Association Administrator with English National Ballet and freelance teacher. Returning to Australia in 2001, Lisa continued to freelance as a teacher, adjudicator and examiner before buying a Property Management business.

In 2007 she joined The Australian Ballet School as a Classical Teacher and in 2008 became the first graduate of The Australian Ballet School's Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction. In 2009 Lisa took on the role of Assistant Head of Student Training, and in 2010 she was invited as a jury member of the Cape Town International Ballet Competition in Sth Africa. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Student Training (L5-7) and Academic Studies, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training from Deakin University.

At the end of 2012 Lisa was appointed Deputy Director & Head of Academic Studies (L4-7).

In 2015 Lisa began her tenure as Director of The Australian Ballet School.

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