|Danielle Rowe, principal artist with
The Australian Ballet, announced today that she
will leave the company at the end of 2010.After ten years with The Australian Ballet, Danielle will take up a senior artist post with Houston Ballet
in January 2011.
The news follows the recent promotion of
Daniel Gaudiello, Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones
to principal artists onstage at Telstra Ballet in the Stadium in Penrith on Saturday.
Artistic Director David McAllister said
The Australian Ballet were supportive of
“Danielle is a much loved and respected dancer,
who will be missed greatly by all at the company.
She has achieved so much in her career, and
has been beautiful to watch onstage over the
years, becoming an assured and confident
principal artist. We wish her all the best for the
next step in her dance career,” McAllister said.
Danielle’s partner Luke Ingham, a soloist with
The Australian Ballet, will join her at Houston Ballet
Danielle’s last performance will be on Wednesday 22 December 2010 – the final show in the company’s season of The Nutcracker at the
Sydney Opera House.
The Nutcracker is already sold out but audiences
still have a chance to book tickets to see Danielle perform in Edge of night, opening tomorrow, Thursday 11 November.
Danielle joined The Australian Ballet in 2001. In 2003, she won the Telstra People’s Choice Award and then went on to win the award a second time
in 2005 – the only dancer in the company’s history
to have done so.
She was promoted to soloist in 2005, travelling to Europe that year after being awarded the Lissa
Black Memorial Scholarship. After a string of
stand-out roles, Danielle was promoted to senior artist in 2007.
Success in principal roles continued in 2008, including for her breakthrough role as Baroness
von Rothbart in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Not long after, she was promoted to principal artist.
In 2009, she was the first recipient of the Dorothy Hicks Fund, established to fund a principal artist’s salary at the company.
Later that year, she was also awarded the Walter Bourke prize, allowing her to travel to New York to perform with Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed dance company Morphoses.
Danielle says she is ready to explore new challenges. “I’m looking forward to stepping
outside of my comfort zone next year by working overseas with everyone at Houston Ballet.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank
The Australian Ballet for nurturing and guiding me throughout my career. I would also like to acknowledge my family, friends and the wonderful Australian Ballet audiences for their relentless support. Thank you.”