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CLARE MOREHEN

Clare was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London in 2001 after attending the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne. While a student, she performed with the Royal Ballet Company and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

After graduating in 2004, Clare returned to Australia to join the Queensland Ballet. In her time with the company, Clare has performed in multiple international tours to Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, Singapore and China.

Clare was promoted to Soloist in October 2007, and then to Principal Dancer in July 2009 after performing the role of Blanche in François Klaus's A Streetcar Named Desire.

Clare has also performed many other works by renowned choreographers such as Francois Klaus, Nils Christe, Young Soon Hue, Ben Stevenson, Gareth Belling, Kim McCarthy, Cameron McMillan and Natalie Weir.

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DOMINIC BALLARD

Born in Albury, Australia, Dominic Ballard began his formal ballet training at age 11 at the Regional Academy of Performing Arts and continued his training at the Australian Ballet School. 
 
Upon completing his training, he performed in many contemporary and classical ballets such as Vladimir Malakhov's The Sleeping Beauty, Vasily Medvedev's Onegin, Petipa and Ivanov's Swan Lake, Jozef Dolinsky’sNutcracker, Ludwig Aloisius Minkus, Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère, and Massimo Morricone's Romeo and Juliet. 
 
Mr. Ballard has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, London and Italy. 

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LAURA SAXON JONES

Australian born, Laura Saxon Jones began dancing at the age of six with Christine Atkinson at the Ballet Class, Sydney. With dual nationality, Laura moved to New Zealand in 2011 to further her training at the New Zealand School of Dance and joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2013.

Her favourite roles to date have included Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, Larry Keigwin’s Megalopolis and Hermia in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the RNZB’s WW1 centenary programme Salute Laura performed in Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass, a role that very few women ever have the opportunity to dance.

Highlights of 2016 included: dancing in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Andonis Foniadakis Selon désir in the mixed bill Speed of Light; and performing in the roles of Glinda, Good Witch of the North in Francesco Ventriglia’s The Wizard of Oz, Myrtha in Giselle and Helena during the company’s Hong Kong and Wellington seasons of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   Laura made her choreographic debut in the 2016 Harry Haythorne Choreographic Awards and won the People’s Choice Award for her creation Alpha for five female dancers.

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CATHERINE MOORE

Catherine has been passionate about dance from a young age. She has primarily trained in the Vaganova method and after attending Tanya Pearson's Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney she decided to further her career at the Hungarian National Dance Academy in Budapest, graduating in 2013 with a BA majoring in performance and classical dance. 

 

She has previously worked with the Miskolc Ballet performing in their seasonal ballets, contemporary pieces and Operas, staying with the company for 3 years before deciding to return to Sydney in 2016. She is currently working as a freelancer on short films and a dance theatre project, teaching at Danceworks Sydney and DUTI studios while studying Medical Science at Macquarie University.

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