8 January 2024 16:09

Announcing the Special Guest Speaker at conference opening cocktail party

We are thrilled to announce that Lisa Pavane, the esteemed Director of the Australian Ballet School and former Principal Artist of the Australian Ballet, will be an honored guest speaker at the Opening Cocktail Party of the Royal Academy of Dance Australia’s fifth International Conference, “Dancing into the Future; practices, insights & innovations.”

A luminary in the Australian dance industry, Lisa brings a wealth of experience as both a renowned educator and accomplished dancer. Her insights into the evolving landscape of dance education and performance make her a most welcome guest.

Born in Newcastle NSW, Lisa Pavane joined The Australian Ballet School as a student in 1978 and trained under the founding Director of The Australian Ballet School, Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE. In 1980 Lisa toured with the inaugural Dancers’ Company (now known as The Australian Ballet’s National Tour). Lisa joined The Australian Ballet in 1981. She rose swiftly to Soloist in 1983 and Principal Artist in 1986. In 1994 Lisa joined English National Ballet as Senior Principal. As a dancer, Lisa appeared internationally as a guest artist with many ballet companies, including the Boston, Kirov and Birmingham Royal. Lisa retired from the stage in 1999.
In 2007 she joined The Australian Ballet School staff and in 2008 became the first graduate of the School’s Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction. Lisa held a number of leadership positions as a member of the School’s faculty. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Student Training, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training. Lisa commenced as Director of The Australian Ballet School in 2015.

Photo by Lynette Wills, 2022

Find out more about Conference here

For queries, email conference2024@rad.org.au or contact Conference Organiser, Anna Mealing at amealing@rad.org.au