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From the Director

Biography: Lisa Pavane 

Born in Newcastle NSW, Lisa Pavane joined The Australian Ballet School as a student in 1978 and trained under the founding Director of The Australian Ballet School, Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE. In 1980 Lisa toured with the inaugural Dancers’ Company (now known as The Australian Ballet’s National Tour). Lisa joined The Australian Ballet in 1981. She rose swiftly to Soloist in 1983 and Principal Artist in 1986. In 1994 Lisa joined English National Ballet as Senior Principal. As a dancer, Lisa appeared internationally as a guest artist with many ballet companies, including the Boston, Kirov and Birmingham Royal. Lisa retired from the stage in 1999.

In 2007 she joined The Australian Ballet School staff and in 2008 became the first graduate of the School’s Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction. Lisa held a number of leadership positions as a member of the School’s faculty. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Student Training, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training. Lisa commenced as Director of The Australian Ballet School in 2015.
A message from the Director

"I joined The Australian Ballet School in 1978 and after graduation went on to dance as a Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet and as Senior Principal with the English National Ballet.

Now, after many years committed to vocational education and training, I am thrilled to lead the School into the future, following in the footsteps of the three visionary leaders who came before me.

For almost sixty years The Australian Ballet School has produced dancers of the highest calibre for The Australian Ballet, state companies and leading dance companies throughout the world.

"I look forward to a future of excellence and artistry for our hard working and talented students"
The School offers an exciting, unique and creatively driven training program that provides the very best in vocational and educational training. Our holistic approach ensures all students have a broad-based, comprehensive education, which equips them to pursue vocations, not only in dance and the allied arts, but in areas outside dance. Student Health and well-being continues to be an important part of the School and with the School’s values of ‘excellence, creativity, connection, resilience and respect’ at the fore of our actions, we strive to provide an environment that supports students aspirations to follow their dream.

I look forward to a future of excellence and artistry for our hard working and talented students as we continue to enhance our training program and strive to advance the art of ballet in Australia."

Lisa Pavane
Director of The Australian Ballet School