The Australian Ballet promotes talented trio to Principal rank

For immediate release from 9pm Saturday 6 November 2010

Kevin Jackson Lana Jones Daniel Gaudiello The Australian Ballet Photo by James Braund

Kevin Jackson Lana Jones Daniel Gaudiello The Australian Ballet Photograph by James Braund

Daniel Gaudiello, Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones promoted at Penrith

Talented trio become principal artists at The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet welcomes three new principal artists to its ranks. Artistic Director David McAllister made the surprise announcement onstage at Telstra Ballet in the Stadium in Penrith tonight.

Senior Artists Daniel Gaudiello (28 from Brisbane), Kevin Jackson (26 from Perth) and Lana Jones (28 from Canberra) were told the exciting news during curtain calls at the free outdoor performance, surrounded by colleagues and their families. McAllister praised each dancer, citing a number of exceptional performances as a factor in their elevation to principal artist. “Daniel, Kevin and Lana each have a star quality that has seen them dazzle in a broad range of principal roles. They are wonderful artists in their own right and demonstrate the breadth of talent in the company that will ensure our ongoing success as we head towards our 50th anniversary.”

Kevin becomes the youngest principal artist at The Australian Ballet, while Daniel and Lana share their success both on and off the stage, having married on New Year’s Eve 2009. It is the first principal artist announcement since Danielle Rowe and Adam Bull were promoted in June 2008.

Daniel, Kevin and Lana will take up their coveted positions in January 2011.

All three are performing in Edge of night at the Sydney Opera House from November 11. The dancers’ ascent to the upper echelons of The Australian Ballet has been an exhilarating journey. All three have won the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award in their careers, a major indicator of star potential within the company.

Daniel has impressed in a number of show stopping roles. From tugging heartstrings as the lovelorn doll Petrouchka (2009) to deftly partnering Madeleine Eastoe’s Swanilda in DANIEL GAUDIELLO

“Daniel Gaudiello is staking a claim as the company’s next Steven HeathcoteHERALD SUN 2010

Brisbane-born Daniel strapped on his first pair of dancing shoes at the age of six at the Johnny Young Talent School. Later he  completed the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and Queensland Ballet professional year before being accepted into The Australian Ballet School. Daniel joined The Australian Ballet in 2004 and made his choreographic debut with a piece called Notte in Bianco for Bodytorque.To the Pointe. promoted to senior artist at the beginning of 2010.


– Telstra Ballet Dancer Award winner 2007

– Freda Irving Scholarship 2006
– BJ Sutton Scholarship



“Kevin Jackson proves an ideal partner, romantic softness borne through easy extension, effortless  levation and tidy phrase endingsTHE AUSTRALIAN 2010

Born in Perth, Kevin commenced his dance training at the age of seven with the Shirley Farrell Academy of Dance. In 1999 he undertook a year of classical training in Perth under Adrienne Eastoe before joining The Australian Ballet in 2003. Kevin enjoys the technique and artistry demanded by many different kinds of works but holds the story ballet near to his heart. He was promoted to senior artist for the 2010 season.
– Telstra Ballet Dancer Award 2008
– The Australian Ballet Society Scholarship
– Khiterics Foundation 2007


“Lana Jones is an electrifying Firebird, imperious in command, tremulous in fear, her technique clean and sharp.” THE AUSTRALIAN 2009
Lana was born in Coffs Harbour, but moved to Canberra soon after where she commenced her ballet training at the Canberra Youth Ballet School. She moved to Melbourne in 1999 to join The Australian Ballet School, graduating dux to join The Australian Ballet in 2002. In 2005 she was promoted to coryphée and then to soloist in 2006. Her dancing has been critically acclaimed as “joyous and effervescent,” with one writer declaring her performance in George Balanchine’s “supernatural” Apollo . Lana was promoted to senior artist at the beginning of 2009.
 – Green Room Award for best female dancer in Firebird 2009

– Helpmann Award for best female dancer in 2009

 – Helpmann Award for best female dancer in Forgotten Land 2006– Australian Dance Award for outstanding performance by a female dancer in Firebird  2009
– Telstra Ballet Dancer Award 2005
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