The Australian Ballet Principal, Danielle Rowe, to leave the company

November 10, 2010

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Danielle Rowe The Australian Ballet Photo James Braund

Danielle Rowe The Australian Ballet Photograph : James Braund

For immediate release Wednesday 10 November 2010

Graceful goodbye from Danielle Rowe

Principal artist announces her departure from The Australian Ballet

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’s decision.

“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
in 2011.

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.”

Born in Shepparton in 1982, Danielle trained at
the Cheryl Bradley Dance Studios in South Australia
for 11 years, then with Marie Walton-Mahon in Newcastle. She then moved to Melbourne to join
The Australian Ballet School. During her years as
a student Danielle received many scholarships including the Fauldings Bursary, which allowed
her to complete her training with the School.
Danielle joined The Australian Ballet in 2001.
After many acclaimed lead performances,
Danielle was promoted to senior artist in 2007
and principal artist in June 2008.REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHTS

•    The Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Wright’s
     The Nutcracker
•    Hera in Halcyon 2010
•    Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929 2009
•    Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker – The Story of
•    Ballet Imperial 2008
•    The Concert 2008
•    Baroness von Rothbart in Graeme Murphy’s
     Swan Lake 2008
•    Stanton Welch’s The Sleeping Beauty 2007,
     2006, 2005
•    After the Rain© 2007


•    Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer
      for Dyad 1929 2010
•    Inaugural recipient of the Dorothy Hicks Fund
•    Walter Bourke Prize 2009
•    Helpmann Award nomination for best female
     dancer in The Sleeping Beauty 2006
•    Telstra People’s Choice Award 2005 and 2003
•    Lissa Black Memorial Scholarship 2004

“The cast was uniformly outstanding.
Kevin Jackson and Danielle Rowe as Zeus
and Hera had a special presence combined
with technical brilliance”
Dance Australia on Halcyon 2010

“[Carabosse was] convincingly played and
danced with icy precision by Danielle Rowe”
Sydney Morning Herald on The Sleeping Beauty 2009

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