Dawn Weller OMSS ARAD
Dawn Weller brings many years of international ballet experience to The Graduate College of Dance, including 17 years as Artistic Director of the State Theatre Ballet, South Africa. During her tenure as Artistic Director, she was responsible for the staging of some 80 performances annually, taken from the company’s extensive repertoire.
Dawn danced the major classical roles and had the opportunity of working with celebrated dancers and choreographers of our time, including Natalia Markarova, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Anthony Dowell, Dame Merle Park, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Robert Helpmann, Stephen Jefferies, David Bintley and Ronald Hynd.
Dawn was the founding director of the contemporary State Theatre Dance Company, the State Theatre Ballet School and a founder trustee of President Nelson Mandela’s Arts & Culture Trust. She was the first South African ballerina to be the subject of a full length biography Dawn Weller: Portrait of a Ballerina, by Jane Allyn. Her contribution to dance was acknowledged by South Africa when she was awarded the Order of Meritorious Service Silver (O.M.S.S.), having the Dawn Weller floribunda rose named after her and receiving the Nederberg Award for “her contribution to Ballet and creating a company of international standard.”
Dawn was invited to stage her full length La Bayadere for the Hong Kong Ballet, this being the third major company to stage this lavish three-act ballet since its world premiere in 1996. Dawn has directed The Graduate College of Dance since 2002 and has consolidated its standing as a premier ballet school. Guest teaching and adjudicating engagements continue to take Dawn across Australia, Europe and Asia.
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