Promotions, joiners and leavers: The Australian Ballet 2018

The Australian Ballet’s updated Dancers’ page on its website shows the company’s most recent promotions for 2018.

Valerie Tereshchenko and Jade Wood are now senior artists, bringing the number of dancers in that rank to a total of six.

Both dancers were promoted to the rank of soloist a year ago so they’re moving quickly up the ladder.

New soloists this year are Brodie James, Marcus Morelli, Karen Nanasca and Jill Ogai, all of whom were coryphées last year.

Soloist Ben Davis, who joined the Australian Ballet in 2005, has retired from the company.

This year’s new coryphées are Nathan Brook and Corey Herbert, both promoted from the corps de ballet.

Comparing the corps de ballet dancers listed on the company’s website now with the corps de ballet dancers in the Australian Ballet’s program of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017) it appears that three corps dancers have left the company.

New corps de ballet dancers (not yet shown on the Australian Ballet’s website) are Matthew Bradwell, Daniel Bryne, Serena Graham, Emma Koppelman and Joseph Romancewicz, all graduates of the Australian Ballet School.

Also joining the corps is Katherine Sonnekus, who danced with the company in several productions last year and is now a permanent member.

3 Comments

  1. Abby
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to those who’ve been promoted – I especially like seeing Valerie Tereshchenko dance. But what happened to Benedicte Bemet?

  2. valerie
    Posted February 20, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Abby, I think Benedicte had an injury

  3. Anna
    Posted March 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Valerie, Abby: Benedicte was off for a year with injury, she has just returned to the stage in the Murphy extravaganza, and very pleased to have done so and feeling like she belongs again instead of slightly being on the outer as happens during a long period of rehab (from a conversation I had with her outside the arts centre on Saturday afternoon).

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Jade Wood, In the Upper Room, photo © Kate Longley

Jade Wood, In the Upper Room, photo © Kate Longley

Valerie Tereshchenko rehearsing In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, photo © Lynette Wills

Valerie Tereshchenko rehearsing In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, photo © Lynette Wills